WASHINGTON – The jury in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has reached a verdict on eight counts, but cannot reach consensus on 10 others, they told Judge T.S. Ellis Tuesday afternoon.
On Tuesday, the jury convicted Manafort on five counts of tax fraud, one count of failing to file a foreign bank account and two counts of bank fraud.
A mistrial has been declared on the other 10 charges.
Earlier they asked Ellis what would happen if they can’t reach a verdict on a count, and Ellis said to keep working on it.
“It is your duty to agree upon a verdict if you can do so,” Ellis said. He encouraged each juror to make their own decisions on each count, but if some were in the minority on a decision, they could think about what the other jurors believe.
Give “deference” to each other and “listen to each others’ arguments.”
“You’re the exclusive judges,” he added. “Take all the time which you feel is necessary.”
The jurors asked about the impact of not agreeing on all counts.
“If we cannot come to a consensus for a single count, how can we fill in the verdict sheet?” the jury wrote in a note to Ellis.
Manafort was charged with 18 counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and hiding foreign bank accounts in the first case brought to trial by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Prosecutors say Manafort collected $65 million in foreign bank accounts from 2010 to 2014 and spent more than $15 million on luxury purchases in the same period, including high-end clothing, real estate, landscaping and other big-ticket items.
They also allege that Manafort lied to banks in order to take out more than $20 million in loans after his Ukrainian political work dried up in 2015, and they accused him of hiding the foreign bank accounts from federal authorities. Manafort received loans from the Federal Savings Bank after one of its executives sought a position in the Trump campaign and administration, according to prosecutors.