Manafort Guilty on 8 Counts; Mistrial on the Other 10

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chair, has been found guilty on 8 of the 18 counts with which he was charged. The jury found him guilty on 5 counts of tax fraud, 2 counts of bank fraud, and 1 count of failing to file a foreign bank account.

On the remaining 10 charges, the extraordinarily biased Judge T.S. Ellis III declared a mistrial, after the jury could not come to an agreement regarding guilt.

Here is Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing thanking Judge Ellis and the jury after the verdict:

He would like to thank Judge Ellis for granting him a fair trial; thank the jury for their very long and hard-fought deliberations. He is evaluating all of his options at this point. Thank you, everyone.

[walks away as reporters shout questions]
Naturally, prosecutors will be evaluating all of their options at this point, too. We will surely find out soon — reportedly by next Wednesday — whether they will retry Manafort on the 10 charges on which no verdict was delivered. That's also dependent on whether Manafort decides to make a plea agreement on those charges, of course.


There is probably a startlingly high probability that Trump will just completely go off-script and announce that he's pardoning Manafort.

Anyway. Lock him up, or whatever.

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