Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

No verdict as Manafort jury breaks for weekend

No verdict as Manafort jury breaks for weekend

The judge's comments come after a number of news outlets requested he publicly release the names of the jurors in the Manafort trial, citing a potential safety hazard for those involved.

The juror motion itself was filed by multiple news organizations - the Washington Post, New York Times, AP, CNN, NBC, Politico and BuzzFeed.

The ongoing trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on a series of financial crimes isn't the buzziest story of the week. Ellis said all that will be released to the public at the end of the trial.

Even if President Trump were to pardon Paul Manafort, that doesn't necessarily mean that Manafort or the President would be in the clear.

It is unusual for a USA president to make comments about the character of a defendant in an ongoing trial and criticize the legal proceedings.

"I've received criticism and threats", he said, without elaborating.

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In the United States jury lists are presumed to be public unless a judge has good reason for keeping them secret. Ideally, the jurors would have been carefully screened for excess partisan sentiment, but that would be extraordinarily hard given that Judge Ellis" so-called "rocket docket'; only spent less than a day to impanel the entire jury. Prosecutors say Manafort hid from the IRS tens of millions of dollars he earned advising Ukrainian politicians. Meanwhile President Trump watches from afar, commenting when he feels it is necessary. Trump said that the "whole Manafort trial is very sad", words that political analyst David Atkins said could constitute an attempt to tamper with Manafort's jury and lead to an acquittal.

Manafort's financial fraud trial is the first to emerge from U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 election campaign.

Ellis explained that he intends to unseal most of the transcripts after the trial, but added that some of them will remain under seal so as not to interfere with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into claims of President Donald Trump's "collusion" with Russian Federation during the 2016 United States presidential election.

Manafort, 69, faces five counts of filing false tax returns, four counts of failing to disclose his offshore bank accounts and nine counts of bank fraud. "He worked for me for a very short period of time". "He happens to be a very good person and it happens to be very sad what they've done to Paul Manafort", Trump said.

After Manafort's income from Ukraine dried up, prosecutors charge, he lied to get loans from banks.

Listen to what else Vance had to say about Trump's "message" to Manafort in the video up top.

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