Judge Declares Mistrial on 10 Counts and Guilty Verdict on Eight in Manafort Trial

Judge Declares Mistrial on 10 Counts and Guilty Verdict on Eight in Manafort Trial

The Virginia jury deliberating the 18 federal charges against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort could only reach consensus on 8 counts, finding him guilty. The judge has declared a mistrial on the 10 remaining counts.

Manafort was found guilty on five counts of tax fraud, one count of hiding foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud.

The veteran political operative was charged with a laundry list offenses related to his income from lobbying for the government of Ukraine prior to 2014. If convicted on all counts, he would have faced over 300 years in prison.

None of the charges are in any way connected to President Donald Trump’s campaign, which Manafort managed between March and August 2016, or allegations of “Russian collusion” that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was tasked with investigating.

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The jury began deliberating on Thursday, after Manafort’s defense rested without calling any witnesses or putting Manafort himself to the stand.

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