Manafort juror on a potential pardon: 'It would be grave mistake'

Manafort juror on a potential pardon: 'It would be grave mistake'

Manafort juror on a potential pardon: 'It would be grave mistake'

But Manafort faces another trial in the District of Columbia, scheduled for September, in which the charges include conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy against the United States, making false statements and charges in connection with failing to register as a foreign agent despite the fact he lobbied in the US on behalf of the pro-Russian Ukrainian government of former president Viktor Yanukovych.

The judge in the case declared a mistrial for those 10 counts and the Justice Department has until next week to decide whether to retry Manafort on them or let the matter rest with the existing convictions.

"It was a very emotionally charged jury room - there were some tears", she said, noting that she didn't believe she was in the company of many other "fellow Republicans".

"I think we all went in there like we were supposed to and assumed that Mr. Manafort was innocent".

The list of those who have pleaded guilty to various charges includes Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, Manafort's business partner Rick Gates, and Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan.

It has been rumored that Trump is considering pardoning Manafort despite warnings from his legal team against doing so.

A majority of voters approve of Robert Mueller's probe into obstruction of justice and potential ties between Trump campaign and Russian actors, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday evening.

The verdict delivered a painful fall from grace for a top political operative who has advised presidents from Gerald Ford to Donald Trump and a shot in the arm to an investigation derided by President Trump as a "witch hunt".

So President Trump has had a very interesting response to both of these two cases.

Manafort's defense attorney, Richard Wrestling, argued the chit-chat was a sufficient reason to declare a mistrial. Flynn, who resigned his position in February 2017, pleaded guilty a year ago to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian officials during the presidential transition and his Turkish lobbying work. While Manafort's trial was not directly related to the allegations of collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 Presidential campaign, it did serve as a test of the work Mueller's team has done.

Manafort was convicted on eight counts of financial crimes on Tuesday.

"[Manafort] should be punished for his crimes, it just shouldn't have come about in the way that it did, in my opinion", she said.

A juror who spoke publicly after the Virginia verdict said that all but one of the jurors wanted to convict Manafort on all of the 18 charges he faced.

Five of the guilty verdicts were for filing false tax documents, and the other three involved foreign bank account registration and bank fraud. Unless that policy changes, Donald Trump will serve the remainder of his time in office under the specter of prison. As the Manafort trial began, Trump called for Mueller's probe to be shut down immediately.

Manafort's defense team grasped onto the hubbub nearly immediately, asking Ellis to declare a mistrial and to toss a juror for being untruthful.

Manafort was indicted on 18 felony counts.

Manafort has a wife of 40 years and two adult children.

Manafort's lawyers were undeterred. Gates pleaded guilty in February to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and conspiring against the United States, and has said he hopes to get a lesser prison sentence by cooperating against Manafort. Those types of discussions should not be held until the jury gets the case.

Manafort decided not to put on any witnesses or testify himself in the trial. Manafort's lawyers repeatedly suggested their client might not have known the law.

It was the result of Manafort's political consulting for the pro-Russian Ukrainian political party of Viktor Yanukovych, who was removed as Ukraine's president in 2014.

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