Trump sought his lawyers advice weeks ago on possibility of pardoning Manafort

Trump sought his lawyers advice weeks ago on possibility of pardoning Manafort

Kerry Wise
August 25, 2018

The jury in the financial fraud trial of Paul Manafort has found the former Trump campaign chairman guilty on eight counts of bank and tax fraud out of a total of 18 after four days of deliberations.

"I did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty".

Duncan also described the prosecution team as seeming "a little bored" during the proceedings.

Duncan, an ardent Trump supporter who was nonetheless swayed by the sheer amount of evidence the prosecutors possessed, said that the jury deliberations were tense and peppered with angry and emotional outbursts.

One of the jurors from Paul Manafort's trial said on Wednesday that although she "did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty", the evidence was "overwhelming".

"This juror - talking about Rick Gates - she referred to him as nervous, doing whatever he could do to save himself, and said he deserved a special place in hell because he was just as guilty as Manafort".

"A self-pardon almost certainly would not hold up in court so ... it would almost certainly have to come from his successor which, of course, is what occurred in Nixon's case", she said, referencing President Gerald Ford's September 1974 pardoning of President Richard Nixon in September 1974, almost a month after he resigned.

"He worked for me, you could really say it was more or less part time", Trump said.

Leonnig and Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post •. Manafort apparently viewed his uncompensated tenure as Trump campaign manager as service to Deripaska, hoping - as he wrote in emails to Kilimnik - he could "get whole" by working with Trump.

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Manafort was found guilty on five tax fraud charges, two counts of bank fraud and one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts. He also asserted that Manafort's convictions were unconnected to his work for the Trump presidential campaign in 2016.

Enter Trump. The president has publicly said a couple times since Manafort's conviction that Manafort is a good or fearless man. But defense lawyer Kevin Downing warned that Manafort's right to a fair trial was at stake and pushed for thorough questioning, saying "we obviously would not agree that it's a small thing" to have "jurors making comments on the weakness of the defense".

With Mr Manafort, who maintains his innocence and did not plead guilty, Mr Trump has commented several times on his case, calling it very sad.

Giuliani's conversation was also reported by Fox News Neil Cavuto, who recounted that Trump's lawyer told Roberts, "It wasn't so".

President Trump hasn't directly addressed the prospect of his pardoning either his former campaign chairman or former personal lawyer, but the U.S. Constitution does give him the power to do so.

She said the jury chose to not consider Gates's testimony and focus instead on the documentary evidence. "Nobody in a case like this gets raided in the middle of the night, put in solitary confinement", Giuliani said.

On Monday, September 17, the 69-year-old Manafort is scheduled to go to trial a second time-this time, on federal charges that include obstruction of justice, money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent.

"It's called flipping and it nearly ought to be illegal", he said.

Giuliani said Trump's concern for Manafort is what motivates him to consider a pardon. "They were friends. He didn't work for him for very long".