Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen developments fuel partisan furor over Robert Mueller probe

BREAKING A Jury Has Reached a Verdict in the Paul Manafort Case

BREAKING A Jury Has Reached a Verdict in the Paul Manafort Case

A more serious potential legal development for Trump came around the same time as the Manafort verdict when his longtime personal attorney and fixer entered guilty pleas to multiple charges and stated that hush payments to two women "for the principal goal of influencing the election" were ordered by the presidential candidate in 2016.

The jury found Manafort guilty of of two of nine bank fraud charges, all five tax fraud charges he faced and one of four charges of failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.

The jury said in a note it has not reached consensus on the other 10 counts. When the jury finished, he sat down with his defense lawyers and stared blankly at the defense table.

Manafort, 69, was found guilty of five counts relating to filing false United States Individual Income Tax Returns, which carry a maximum sentence of three years per charge.

Trump briefly referenced the Manafort verdict and Mueller probe during his Charleston rally Tuesday night.

He faces additional federal charges in Washington D.C. That trial is slated to begin September 17.

"Looking back on history, who was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, legendary mob boss, killer and "Public Enemy Number One" or Paul Manafort..." the President tweeted earlier this month.

The outcome of the trial nearly certainly guarantees years of prison for Manafort.

Manafort and Cohen join Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in the felon gang.

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Meanwhile, Manafort's attorney Richard Westing maintained in his closing remarks Wednesday that the government had not met its burden of proof in its case. Jurors asked what they should do if they could not agree on one of the counts in the indictment.

Manafort's former right-hand man, Rick Gates, took the stand for the prosecution, along with 26 other witnesses.

During his testimony, Gates, 46, acknowledged stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort and having an extramarital affair.

Prosecutors say Manafort made more than $60 million consulting in the Ukraine for politicians who were backed by Russian Federation.

They called carpenters, landscapers and clothiers to attest to how Manafort paid for his lavish lifestyle of expensive suits and elaborate properties through offshore wire transfers from shell companies in Cyprus and elsewhere.

Prosecutors said Mr. Manafort earned $60 million in consulting fees working for Ukrainian political groups in 2005, years before his involvement with the Trump campaign.

The trial featured heated arguments at times - not between the government and defense lawyers, but between U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis and prosecutors. In both cases, the evidence showed Manafort provided false information in order to get the loans. They said he also committed fraud to obtain millions more in bank loans and mortgages.

Manafort urged Kushner to consider the banker, Stephen Calk, for Secretary of the Army.

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