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Jury considers Manafort’s fate

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/17/18, 01:44 pm

President Donald Trump on Friday defended Paul Manafort as a jury entered its second day of deliberations in the former Trump campaign chairman’s fraud trial. Manafort faces 18 felony counts of tax evasion and bank fraud stemming from payments he received for advising Russia-backed politicians in Ukraine. His trial is the first to arise from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but the alleged crimes happened before Manafort served as Trump’s campaign chairman.

The jury in Alexandria, Va., ended seven hours of deliberation Thursday with questions for U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III. The judge told them to rely on their collective memory of the evidence to answer most questions and that “reasonable doubt” was “doubt based on reason” but not proof “beyond all doubt.” At the White House Friday, Trump told reporters that Manafort “worked for me for a very short period of time. But you know what, he happens to be a very good person and I think it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • news2me
    Posted: Fri, 08/17/2018 03:01 pm

    I agree with Trump. And what law is it that says anyone can't advise Russian politicians? 

    But it's ok to sell the Russians stuff to make bombs?

    Would someone PLEASE investigate Mueller and end this charade to appease Trump haters?

  • news2me
    Posted: Fri, 08/17/2018 03:14 pm

    The jury will have to consider what it will cost them in their personal lives if their decision goes against what Mueller wants. The Trump haters probably know where they live and it will be a long time before they can go out in public if they choose not to indict Manafort.