Trump defends ex-aide Manafort as jury mulls over verdict

Jury in Paul Manafort trial poses questions about reasonable doubt

Jury in Paul Manafort trial poses questions about reasonable doubt

But he said they were enough to make him wary of making the names of the 12 jurors and four alternates public, in response to a request from media organizations.

WASHINGTON-President Trump called the trial of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort "very sad" on Friday as the jury kicked off its second day of deliberations.

On Friday afternoon, the jury broke for the weekend without a verdict in the trial.

Mr. Trump did not address whether he would pardon Manafort when asked about the trial on Friday.

"I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad", Trump told reporters Friday before departing the White House for a fundraiser in NY. Asonye "turned to the reporter with a smile", the Times reports, and said, "Sorry, I can't talk to you".

In the hyper-partisan atmosphere of United States politics, the prolonged deliberations have caused Trump critics to fear that the jury might acquit Manafort - which they see as a blow to Mueller and the "Russiagate" probe - while Trump supporters have interpreted the media motion as an attempt to pressure the jury into a guilty verdict.

The jury in the bank and tax fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ended its first day of deliberations on Thursday without reaching a verdict but with several questions, including how to define "reasonable doubt". "Thank you very much".

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Robert Mueller, the special counsel for the Department of Justice, led this prosecution, which arose from evidence uncovered by his team as it pursued whether Russian Federation had attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. He faces 18 felony counts on tax evasion and bank fraud.

Trump made his comments while the jurors deliberated behind closed doors on Friday morning, August 17.

Ellis read jurors the jury instruction that said a person must file FBARs when he or she "controls the disposition of money, funds or other assets held in a financial account by direct communications".

A Washington Post court reporter, Tamer El-Ghobashy, confirmed that coming to jurors' homes to interview them is the objective behind his outlet's request.

Last October, he was charged by special counsel Robert Mueller as a part of the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"That's been the most frequent question of my career", said former federal prosecutor Harry Litman, who appeared before Ellis while he was with the Justice Department for roughly five years in the mid-1990s.

The Federalist pointed out that that this isn't CNN's first time to try to intimidate people whose views don't match those of the network. The trial yielded fresh evidence about favor-trading in the Trump campaign, even in its final days.

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