Manafort Jury Ends Third Day Of Deliberations

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The jury weighing the fate of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort ended its third day of deliberations Monday.

The six-woman, six-man jury in Alexandria, Virginia, did ask to stay slightly longer than usual – until 6:15 p.m. – before going home for the night Monday. They are scheduled to renew their work Tuesday morning.

Outside the courthouse, defense attorney Kevin Downing said, “Mr. Manafort’s very happy to hear that” the jury would continue deliberating Tuesday. “He thinks it was a very good day.”

The panel heard two weeks of testimony before beginning deliberations last week. Prosecutors charge that from 2010 to 2014, Manafort hid more than $15 million from the IRS – money he made as a political consultant in Ukraine.

When that income ended in 2014, authorities charge Manafort lied to banks to get millions of dollars more in loans to support his seven-figure lifestyle.

On Thursday, the jury asked U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis to clarify some legal elements in the case that had been raised by the defense team. They deliberated again Friday without asking for further guidance from the judge.

Manafort, 69, could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted of the most serious charges in the case.

The trial is the first to emerge from the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The president has repeatedly spoken out publicly in support of Manafort, both at the outset of the trial and during jury deliberations.

On Monday morning, Trump tweeted that Mueller’s investigators “are enjoying ruining people’s lives and REFUSE to look at the real corruption on the Democrat side – the lies, the firings, the deleted Emails and soooo much more! Mueller’s Angry Dems are looking to impact the election. They are a National Disgrace!”

(c) 2018, The Washington Post · Matt Zapotosky, Lynh Bui, Tom Jackman, Devlin Barrett ·

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Who remembers Travel Gate at the beginning of the Clinton White House? Hillary fired all the travel staff – many, many people whose lives were ruined because the witch had so beckoned! No inquiry ensued!

    • Did he steal more than Mueller is stealing now from taxpayers for his search which he knows quite well is nothing but a hoax? Whatever it is, Mueller has much more crime on his shoulders (will millions of illegal cash payment he received and covering up 9/11 and other criminal activities) than Manafort and should therefore not be the one investigating him – nor anyone else.

  2. Mueller investigation is costing us already $17 million and he is not done yet… who is really the one that is stealing from the tax payers?? I am not trying to justify tax evasion… but anyone that is honest will see that they are trying to ruin peoples live just to punish anyone that has had to do with Trump and scare people away from his team…

  3. That’s it. The fact that the jury is entering their 3rd day of deliberations, is an indication that President Trump committed treason. He is a racist and should resign immediately and save the taxpayers millions of dollars.

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