Manafort Trial Juror Says Single Juror Prevented a Full Conviction

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The jury returned the decision after deliberating four days on tax and bank fraud charges against Manafort, who led Trump's election effort during a crucial stretch of 2016, including as he clinched the Republican nomination and during the party's convention.

Two of those counts implicated Trump directly, with Cohen saying he arranged to pay off two women to keep their stories of alleged affairs with Trump from becoming public before Election Day - in coordination with the then-candidate.

Q+A: Why is Paul Manafort on trial and what does it mean for Donald Trump? "The Cohen thing is over".

"Such respect for a courageous man!"

The transcripts reveal the reasons for a lengthy secret hearing held during the middle of Manafort's trial, which been sealed until after the conclusion of the longtime political consultant's trial this week.

Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight financial crimes in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into President Trump's associates.

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After one-on-one interviews with the jurors, the judge decided the jury had maintained its objectivity and wasn't influencing each other.

The president on Tuesday called the outcome a "disgrace" and said the case "has nothing to do with Russian Federation collusion".

However, the charges largely stem from Manafort's time working for a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine before the 2016 USA elections, though the trial is widely seen as a key test of the strength of Mueller's investigation.

Earlier Wednesday morning, Trump broke his silence on the guilty plea by Cohen, writing a wisecracking tweet that he would not recommend hiring him as an attorney. "The president of the United States has been directly implicated in federal crimes, and implicated not by some enemy but by his own personal lawyer", said Neal Katyal, a former USA solicitor general in the Obama administration and now a white-collar criminal defense attorney at the firm Hogan Lovells.

Moscow has denied interfering in the 2016 election and Trump has said there was no collusion. Both women have alleged that they had sexual encounters with Trump, which he has denied.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation seized documents and files as part of investigations by federal prosecutors in NY stemming from a referral by the USA special counsel's office, which is looking into possible coordination between Trump 2016 campaign aides and Russian Federation. "It has nothing to do with Trump or the campaign, but they will make it a campaign issue", Blakeman said.

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"Shouldn't I ask those questions if the juror says, yes, I've heard remarks concerning the evidence in this case from me fellow jurors?" "Because that could be a little dicey". "This has nothing what they started out looking for - Russians involved in our campaign, there were none".

On Twitter, the president contended the two counts of campaign finance violations to which Cohen pleaded "are not a crime". I didn't vote for Obama but I had to accept him as my president. But he did not mention Trump or offer any indication that his office planned to pursue action against the president.

For example, the Obama campaign was fined for not filing documents required to be submitted in the final weeks of the 2008 campaign.

"In so doing, he coordinated with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments", prosecutors said. His legal team, as if to prove his value, took the unusual step of going public with a tape recording his client made of Trump discussing one of the hush-money payments.

Trump ignored reporters' questions about Cohen's guilty plea as he arrived at a planned rally in West Virginia, and the White House has so far refused to answer any questions on the matter.

Duncan noted accurately, though, that the evidence included references to Trump, particularly when it came to Manafort's dealings with a bank chairman who wanted a job in the administration.

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