Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort guilty of 8 charges; mistrial declared on 10 others

2018-08-21 22:52
Paul Manafort. (Andrew Harnik, AP, File)

Paul Manafort. (Andrew Harnik, AP, File)

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The jury in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort says it's reached a verdict on eight counts but is undecided on the remaining 10.

Jurors made that announcement in a note on Tuesday afternoon to the federal jury overseeing the trial.

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 faces 18 felony counts on tax evasion and bank fraud.

The jury is in its fourth day of deliberations and had signaled earlier in the day that it was stuck on at least one count.

US District Judge T.S. Ellis III encouraged jurors to continue deliberations, and suggested he was not ready to consider a partial verdict.

The financial fraud trial is the first courtroom test of the Russia probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

And while the case doesn't involve allegations of Russian election interference or possible coordination by the Trump campaign, it has been closely watched by President Donald Trump as he seeks to publicly undermine Mueller's probe.

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