Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort found guilty of 8 charges

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Judge Ellis polled the jurors on the remaining ten counts and, satisfied no consensus could be reached, declared the jury deadlocked on those counts.

Manafort was charged with 18 counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and hiding foreign bank accounts in the first case brought to trial by Mr Mueller.

He faces up to 80 years in prison, though more likely could be sentenced to a decade or less.

While the charges against Manafort are unrelated to the underlying Russian Federation investigation, the fact that Mueller and his legal team were able to obtain convictions in their first effort against any of the parties involved in the Trump campaign, and it tends to put the lie to the President's claims that the Mueller investigation is a baseless "witch hunt", although it has been apparent from the start that this is far from the case.

But even she could see, once the trial got going and Mueller's prosecutors presented their evidence, that Manafort was guilty of money laundering and tax fraud.

The trial in Alexandria, Virginia, is the first of two for Manafort.

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Ellis gave the prosecution until August 29 to decide whether to retry Manafort on the charges on which the jury deadlocked.

In an interview, Duncan described an emotional ordeal over four days in which panel members attempted to persuade an unidentified colleague of the overwhelming evidence against Manafort. Mostly, they couldn't decide on the bank fraud counts.

Before calling the jury into the courtroom to answer the question, Ellis said the note was "not an exceptional or unusual event in a jury trial" and conferred with lawyers in the case on the wording of his response.

Separately Wednesday, special counsel Robert Mueller's team filed in federal court in Washington five previously sealed search warrant applications, including for a hard drive and email accounts, in Manafort's case.

President Trump has repeatedly called the probe a "witch hunt" that hasn't found evidence of Russian collusion with his campaign, and his allies in and out of the White House say the special counsel should wrap things up. The "third option should be hung as to each count", said Downing, who added that the jury "shouldn't be misled" into thinking that a hung jury is inappropriate. The juror reported hearing other jurors talk about the case despite the judge's admonishments not to do so.

President Donald Trump reacted to the verdict by denouncing Mueller's investigation. But certainly, if the prosecutors had been unable to get a guilty verdict in this case, I think one could expect that the president would have seized on that.

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"I wanted him to be innocent, I really wanted him to be innocent, but he wasn't", Duncan said.

Duncan said the deliberations were heated at times, leading some jurors to tears at one point, but that politics did not influence their decision-making.

Manafort, 69, called no witnesses at all, as his lawyer argued prosecutors had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he meant to defraud the government or banks. We know that because the president's son, who was at the meeting, tweeted out an email chain in which one of the meeting organizers told him that.

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Manafort faces a second trial in September in Washington, District of Columbia, on charges he failed to register as a lobbyist for the Ukraine government, and conspired to tamper with witnesses in that case.

Prosecutors called Manafort's bookkeeper and former accountants to testify against him. They also say he lied on loan applications to obtain millions more to maintain a lavish lifestyle. Remember, 27 witnesses, 388 exhibits, lots of testimony about tax returns and foreign bank accounts in Cyprus.

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