One Juror Kept Prosecutors From Proving Manafort Guilty On All 18 Counts
Aug 24 2018 by Lorena Waters
The charges against Manafort were brought by special counsel and respected former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia's role in tipping the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.
Prosecutors said that Manafort dodged the IRS by hiding income from foreign consulting work, according to NPR.
Witnesses testified that Manafort had lied to obtain the Citizens Bank loan, classifying a property he rented out all year long as a primary residence in order to qualify for more money.
"He deserves a special place in Hell", she said.
Some of other emails admitted into evidence in the case revealed Manafort's lobbying of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner on behalf of Stephen Calk, the chairman of Federal Savings Bank.
"We agreed to throw out his testimony and look at the paperwork", Duncan said of Gates.
Manafort was charged with 18 counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and hiding foreign bank accounts in the first case Mueller brought to trial as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
"I think I expected a little more", Duncan said. "It has nothing to do with Russian collusion", he said, adding that Mueller's "witch-hunt" nevertheless will continue. He faces a trial next month in Washington on charges of failing to register as a foreign agent. He is also charged with attempting to tamper with a witness in that case-the reason he's been in jail since June.
Federal Bureau of Investigation raids in April sought bank records, communications with Trump's campaign and information on payments to Daniels and McDougal.
Cohen served for years as Trump's personal lawyer and "fixer" - helping to negotiate deals and protect Trump and his family.
Neither prosecutors in Manhattan nor Cohen's attorney would comment on the matter.
Trump called it a "sad thing that happened" and said the verdict had nothing to do with him and "nothing to do with Russian collusion".
The verdict was part of a stunning one-two punch of bad news for the White House, coming as the president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was pleading guilty in NY as part of a separate deal with prosecutors.
At a campaign rally Tuesday night for Republican Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey, Trump largely avoided talking about the day's legal developments. Both women claimed Trump had affairs with them, which he denies.
Trump has been a vocal critic of Mueller's Russian Federation probe and has repeatedly called it a "witch hunt" and "unnecessary".
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When the judge questioned the juror, she told him, "What I meant was that it would be really hard to have to defend against that".
Meanwhile, Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, said his client has information "that would be of interest" to Mueller. Richard Pinedo pleaded guilty to identity fraud in February.