Jury Convicts Manafort

Paul Manafort, Former Trump Campaign Chairman, Guilty of 8 Charges in Fraud Trial: (“Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, was convicted on Tuesday in his financial fraud trial, bringing a dramatic end to a politically charged case that riveted the capital. * * * The verdict was a victory for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, whose prosecutors introduced extensive evidence that Mr. Manafort hid millions of dollars in foreign accounts to evade taxes and lied to banks repeatedly to obtain $20 million in loans. * * * Mr. Manafort was convicted of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failure to disclose a foreign bank account. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the remaining 10 counts, and the judge declared a mistrial on those charges.”)

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about 12 months ago

@ A Ghost To Most : @Platonailedit: Eight guilty verdicts across all the crime classes. The others can be retried if needed. This is a WIN! It''s actually better for credibility of the trial result that the jury did convict on eight counts while not convicting on ten of the counts because that makes it very hard for Manafort or Trump to credibly claim Manafort did not get a fair jury or that they didn''t carefully examine the evidence or that they somehow got bamboozled by the prosecutors. Likewise, it''s better in retrospect that Judge Ellis came across as harder on the prosecutor team than the defense team. Notice that the main thrust of GOP / Fox commentators tonight re: Manafort is that this case has nothing to do with Russia, and not that Manafort is an innocent man who''s been railroaded by a kangaroo court. In short, the thrust is to distance Trump from Manafort, not to distance Manafort from wrongdoing.


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