The Manafort Verdict Is IN

Paul Manafort’s verdict is in – and it’s a mixed bag for him. Breitbart reports:

The jury in one-time Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s first criminal trial has finalized its verdict on eight of the 18 felony counts he faced: guilty.

The other ten counts ended in a mistrial, with the jurors unable to reach a unanimous verdict. Manafort was found guilty of five counts of tax fraud, two of bank fraud, and one for failure to properly register a foreign bank account.

The jurors informed Judge T.S. Ellis they were prepared to deliver their verdict in a note shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday. According to reports, the note asked “what it means for the final verdict” if they were unable to reach a consensus on one of the 18 counts of bank fraud and tax evasion. Judge Ellis reportedly informed the jury they could reach a partial verdict, which is not unusual.

Ellis urged them to return to deliberation and try to reach a verdict on all charges.

 Manafort still has a second trial in Washington DC, and needs to receive his sentence in Virginia. A Trump pardon could possibly happen, but it would hugely damage the President’s credibility.
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