Paul Manafort juror says lone holdout prevented conviction on all counts

Paul Manafort juror says lone holdout prevented conviction on all counts

Paul Manafort juror says lone holdout prevented conviction on all counts

A federal jury in Virginia convicted Manafort on eight felony counts on Tuesday, but the judge declared a mistrial on the 10 other charges he faced.

"We all tried to convince her to look at the paper trail, we laid it out in front of her again and again", Duncan said during an interview with Fox News host Shannon Bream.

But the jury of six men and six women could not reach consensus on 10 other counts.

Prosecutors accused Manafort of hiding from USA tax authorities $16 million 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.

She also said the jury didn't include many "fellow Republicans". Duncan, 52, identified herself as a strong support of President Trump, saying she kept a Make America Great Again hat in the backseat of her auto as she drove to the trial, and plans to vote for Trump again in 2020.

"There was one holdout", Duncan said.

On Wednesday, we posted about Duncan discussing the lone holdout on the jury, whose dissent prevented Manafort from being convicted on all 18 counts. "We didn't want to be hung, so we tried for an extended period of time to convince her".

Prosecutors now have until August 29 to decide whether they will seek a retrial for the charges on which the jury deadlocked.

While Duncan said it was "pretty easy to connect the dots" after prosecutors' presentation, she described the special counsel team as seeming "a little bored" during the proceedings.

"Shouldn't I ask those questions if the juror says, yes, I've heard remarks concerning the evidence in this case from me fellow jurors?"

"If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!".

Taking on social media censorship, Trump said that he would "rather have fake news" than see anyone being censored online. "We will need another form please", the jury foreman wrote in a note to the court hours before Manafort's conviction and the mistrial counts were announced on Tuesday. But they also told jurors that bank chairman Stephen Calk pushed through the loans anyway because he wanted Manafort to help him become secretary of the Army or secure another high-level government post.

"I don't feel a threat", Duncan said.

It is important to remember that these violations were referred to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation of the Russian attacks on the 2016 presidential election has led to a growing list of guilty pleas and indictments.

The guilty plea was a double blow the to President and happened at nearly the same time as former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was convicted of financial crimes. Prosecutors said they intend to decide next week whether they will seek a retrial on those charges.

Duncan also said the case was politicized.

Cohen did not name Trump in court, but his lawyer, Lanny Davis, said afterwards he was referring to the president. "We did waste a bit of time with that shenanigan".

That comment might be taking into account information that was public but not presented to jurors.

"It has nothing to do with Russian collusion ... this is a witch-hunt and it's a disgrace".

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