Juror talked about Paul Manafort defense during trial

Manafort trial Long jury deliberation could be bad news for prosecution

The jury in the financial fraud trial of Paul Manafort has found the former Trump campaign chairman guilty on eight counts of bank and tax fraud out of a total of 18 after four days of deliberations.

"The president seems inclined to tease the idea of a pardon", she said, referencing Trump's praise for Manafort after the guilty verdicts were announced, "but I doubt he will be foolhardy enough to issue one".

In a Fox News interview Thursday, President Trump was asked if he's considering a pardon for Manafort. There will be little overlap between the evidence that federal prosecutors presented in Manafort's first trial and the evidence to be presented in his second trial; however, the charges in both cases came about as a result of the Russia-related investigation that Robert Mueller (special counsel for the U.S. Justice Department and former FBI director from 2001-2013) has been conducting. She also said politics did not play a role with other jurors.

"We sat him down and said you're not considering these other pardons with anybody involved in the investigation".

According to Duncan, she and her peers worked to convince the lone dissenting juror, but ultimately failed to prevent a split verdict Tuesday.

For his part, Ellis said he was inclined to question jurors one-by-one about their ability to decide the case fairly.

Information for this article was contributed by Matthew Haag and Sharon LaFraniere of The New York Times; and by Carol D. Leonnig, Rosalind S. Helderman and Matt Zapotosky of The Washington Post.

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"I have great respect for what he's done", Trump said. "But it would also be in my view a colossal mistake for Trump", Turley says.

"I think that they used Manafort to try to get the dirt on Trump or hoping that he would flip on Trump", she said. That happened on Day 2 of Manafort's trial in Alexandria, Virginia, on charges of tax and bank fraud, not related to Robert Mueller's Russian Federation election tamper investigation, though that distinction was lost on Trump.

President Trump hasn't directly addressed the prospect of his pardoning either his former campaign chairman or former personal lawyer, but the U.S. Constitution does give him the power to do so.

While prosecutors proposed that the judge admonish the panel that they refrain from discussing the case until all the evidence was in, defense attorneys pushed for Ellis to intervene. Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to crimes that had nothing to do with Russia's campaign to sabotage the 2016 presidential race. "The real concern", explains Giuliani, "is whether Mueller would turn any pardon into an obstruction charge".

Cohen said he worked "at the direction of a candidate for federal office", ostensibly Trump, for the goal of influencing the election.

Some of the most dramatic testimony came from Rick Gates, Manafort's longtime deputy, who reached a plea deal with Mueller's team and testified against his former boss.

"He mentioned pardoning Manafort", Ainsley Earhardt said on Fox News' Hannity Show, which Trump is known to watch frequently. That would influence my decision or the prosecutor's decision as to whether to retry him.

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