Another trial awaits Manafort in September


The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has ended its first day of deliberations with a series of questions to the judge, including a request to "redefine" reasonable doubt.

Manafort is accused of hiding from the IRS millions that he made advising Russia-backed politicians in Ukraine, and then lying to banks to get loans when the money dried up.

He echoed those remarks after the jury sent Ellis a note Friday asking to end deliberations at 5 p.m. ET because one juror has an event.

Manafort attorney Kevin Downing was pleased with the question. He said that he needed the protection of U.S. Marshals because of his involvement in the trial.

"I don't think the president has a soft spot for people like Scooter Libby that he's pardoned", Vance said Friday on Nicolle Wallace's how. "It's important to keep their names confidential". "I had no idea this case would excite these emotions", he said.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel for the Department of Justice, led this prosecution, which arose from evidence uncovered by his team as it pursued whether Russian Federation had attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. If convicted on all counts, he could face up to 10 years in prison. "I think it's a very sad day for our country", Trump said Friday. Trump said that the "whole Manafort trial is very sad", words that political analyst David Atkins said could constitute an attempt to tamper with Manafort's jury and lead to an acquittal.

The Ukrainian government found ledgers pledging more than $12m (£9.2m) in cash to Mr Manafort for his advisory work with former President Viktor Yanukovych while he was in office, the New York Times reported. Why do you suppose seven news organizations-all liberal, presumably-wanted to know who the jurors are and where they live?

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Trump on Friday issued a fresh defense of Manafort and called him a "very good person". "And I think it's very sad what they've done to Paul Manafort".

Donald Trump may have just committed an impeachable offense with his latest public comments on the Paul Manafort trial, a political analyst claims.

Trump has stepped up his attacks on the investigation and his denials that there was any collusion with Russian entities to try to sway the election in his favor.

An acquittal of Manafort would add to criticism that Mueller's investigation hasn't been worth the time and expense. Ellis has been tough on the lawyers during the case, telling them to "rein in your facial expressions", urging prosecutors to speed up testimony and clashing with prosecutor Greg Andres during testimony by Manafort's former deputy.

Moreover, the jury was selected from a pool of Manafort's peers in Eastern Virginia, not a group of accountants and bankers who would be expected to have more familiarity with the laws prosecutors have alleged he broke.

Gates previously pleaded guilty to financial charges brought by Mueller, and he is cooperating with the special counsel.