Giuliani clarifies: Trump and I discussed pardons in June, not about Manafort

Trump former aide Manafort found guilty on eight charges

The one juror who prevented a conviction of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on all 18 criminal charges did not trust any of the witnesses and exasperated other members with her reasoning, a juror in the trial told Reuters. "I did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty but he was and no one is above the law", Duncan said. She added that Mueller's team of prosecutors often seemed bored, apparently catnapping during parts of the trial.

When asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper why she thought it would be a mistake, Paula Duncan, a Trump supporter, said, "Justice was done". She described a taxing and emotional deliberation process and said the discussions brought some jurors to tears. "So it kind of sent a message of 'we're bored with this, ' and I'm thinking, 'Well, if you're bored, then why are we here?'" "But in the end she held out and that's why we have 10 counts that did not get a verdict", Duncan said.

Information for this article was contributed by Matthew Haag and Sharon LaFraniere of The New York Times; and by Carol D. Leonnig, Rosalind S. Helderman and Matt Zapotosky of 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.

The verdict was part of a stunning one-two punch of bad news for the White House, coming as the president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was pleading guilty in NY to campaign finance charges arising from hush money payments made to two women who say they had sexual relationships with Trump.

Trump also said the stock market would crash if he were impeached and attacked Cohen for "flipping" on him. 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".

"Finding Mr. Manafort guilty was hard for me". She interviewed Trump the day after news of lawyer Michael Cohen's plea deal and the guilty verdict at former campaign manager Paul Manafort's trial broke nearly simultaneously. The charges against Manafort largely predate his work on President Donald Trump's successful campaign.

A juror in Paul Manafort's case reported during the trial that another juror made comments about the weakness of the former Trump campaign chairman's defence, prompting defence lawyers to make an unsuccessful request for a mistrial, according to transcripts unsealed Wednesday. She said to Hannity that Trump told her he would consider a pardon.

Harry Litman, a former U.S. Attorney and deputy assistant attorney general, told the magazine that Trump's conduct could be considered illegal if his intent was corrupt.

Giuliani said it was Trump's concern for Manafort that started the conversation about a pardon.

He reprised a litany of complaints about the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, attacking both without providing evidence they had treated him and his supporters unfairly.

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