Manafort found guilty on 8 counts out of 18

FOX NEWS

A federal jury in Virginia convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on eight counts related to bank and tax fraud, making him the first campaign associate of President Trump found guilty by a jury as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

But after four days of deliberations, the jury told Judge T.S. Ellis III on Tuesday afternoon that it could not come to a decision on the ten other counts. A mistrial was declared on those counts.

Before the jury was dismissed, Ellis asked jurors if they wanted their names to remain confidential. All answered yes. The judge told them they are allowed to speak to the press if they choose.

The jury began deliberating last Thursday after a three week trial where prosecutors said Manafort hid income earned from political work overseas from the IRS while fraudulently obtaining millions in bank loans. Manafort, 69, had pleaded not guilty.

Manafort, who was stone faced throughout the verdict and has been held in jail during the trial, will be sentenced during a hearing on Aug. 29.

The government has until then to decide whether they will move to retry the 10 counts deadlocked on by the jury.

 

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5 Responses to Manafort found guilty on 8 counts out of 18

  1. lovely says:

    Well the jury was split on over 50% of the charges. Apparently the tax fraud case was iron clad, so that gives us our first 5 guilty verdicts. That leaves actually 13 cases that the prosecution had to prove, the prosecution only proved 3 of ten cases.

    😉

    That ain’t good even in horse shoes.

    I’d have preferred an outright acquittal on 13 counts, but it is what it is, Manafort is guilty of tax fraud, fair enough.

    The problem for me is that it isn’t a fair system if Manafort was not tied to President Trump he would never have been investigated.

    No reason to watch the MSM and oligarch dummies gloat, they get a moment where the pressure on their neck lessens a little bit, bravo for them.

    “If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected .” “ Sun Zu

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    • lovely says:

      3 of thirteen 🙄

      Liked by 1 person

    • stella says:

      Yeah, the problem with tax fraud is that you sign your returns and swear that the information therein is true.

      I had a hard time finding an article to link to that wasn’t filled with opinions that shouldn’t be in a news story. Most immediately linked this to President Trump which, of course, it isn’t.

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      • lovely says:

        I have no doubt that you sampled exactly what 98% of the MSM coverage is about the tax fraud and trying to tie President Trump to Manafort’s crimes.

        My larger point is, this is a win for Team Obama/Hillary, but it is in my opinion mostly an emotional win. But there is nothing we can do about it, I take comfort in knowing the war is raging and all that really happened today is that enemy won a skirmish that a Presidential pardon will undo. Let them feast on crumbs we will be feasting on fillet mignon, garlic mashed potatoes, fresh mangos, maybe some fried red peepers and a Dom Perignon Rose Gold Methuselah chaser.

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