Trump Is So Sad About Jury Deliberations In Paul Manafort Trial

Jury in Paul Manafort trial poses questions about reasonable doubt

Trump: Trial of Former Aide Manafort 'Very Sad'

Manafort also filed false statements to obtain millions of dollars in loans from banks when his Ukraine consulting fees dried up, according to prosecutors.

But defense attorney Richard Westling told the jury Manafort should be acquitted because the government had not met its burden to prove that he was "guilty beyond a reasonable doubt". Normally they leave at 5:30 p.m., but the note asked to leave at 5 p.m.

Trump has made previous comments criticizing various federal judges and courts and has been harshly critical of Mueller.

In the hyper-partisan atmosphere of U.S. 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. While certainly risky, this isn't an uncommon defense tactic since it allows defense counsel to concentrate the jury's attention on the question of whether or not the prosecution has proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Jurors are now deliberating on the charges against him. Jury lists are considered to be public unless a judge bans any access to them.

The judge in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial saiys he has received threats and he fears for the "peace and safety" of the jurors deciding the fate of the former Trump campaign chairman.

"I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad", Trump told reporters before boarding Marine One on Friday.

"When you follow the trail of Mr Manafort's money, it is littered with lies", prosecutor Greg Andres said in his final argument on Wednesday, asking the jury to convict Mr Manafort of 18 felony counts.

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The Virginia case against Paul Manafort went to the jury on Thursday, and now everyone waits for their verdict.

Prosecutors accused Manafort, 69, of hiding from US tax authorities $16 million in money he earned as a political consultant for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine to fund an opulent lifestyle and then lying to banks to secure $20 million in loans after his Ukrainian income dried up and he needed cash.

Trump has sidestepped a question on whether he would issue a presidential pardon for Manafort.

Several media outlets, including CNN, have pushed for the information to be released.

The case does not involve any work Manafort did during his five-month stint as Trump's campaign chairman, but it centers on charges that Manafort hid income he earned from political consulting work for a former pro-Russia president of Ukraine from 2010 to 2014 to escape paying US taxes on that income.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who will oversee the criminal trial in Washington, ordered Manafort jailed because of concerns about his alleged efforts to contact two witnesses. Among other items, the jury requested details on the definition of reasonable doubt.

Paul Manafort (right) and his lawyer, Kevin Downing, arrive at the federal courthouse for a motion hearing./Victoria Pickering (Flickr).

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