Paul Manafort convicted on 8 of 18 charges by Mueller team; Still no sign of Russian Collusion

Written by: Jack Bibiano  –  Twitter: @LibertyDragon1  – Facebook: Juan Bibiano

A federal jury in Virginia has finally reached a decision regarding former Trump campaign insider Paul Manafort’s Mueller probe; finding Manafort guilty on eight charges and failing to come to a consensus on the remaining ten. These charges are from events that happened in 2006 though, and have no relation at all to neither Russian Collusion nor President Trump.

Manafort was convicted of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failure to disclose a foreign bank account. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the remaining 10 counts, and the judge declared a mistrial on those charges.

“The jury began deliberating last Thursday after a three week trial where prosecutors said Manafort hid income earned from political work overseas from the IRS while fraudulently obtaining millions in bank loans. Manafort, 69, had pleaded not guilty.

Judge Ellis III of the Paul Manafort case had been getting threats over his decision not to release the identities of the jurors. He said that there were powerful players who were trying to force him

Ellis said that he had been criticized before but that it had been taken to a new level during the Manafort case. Ellis needed U.S. Marshal protection

The Mueller team also has another case lined up against Manafort. One which they say they have three times the evidence for, or in other words supposedly three times the amount of exhibits to show to the jury.

In Manafort’s current Virginia trial, which began on July 31, prosecutors presented close to 400 financial records, emails and other documents to the jury. Manafort’s team says the prosecutors have “well over” 1,000 pieces of evidence lined up for the DC federal case, set to go to trial in September. The judge in DC told the prosecutors on Thursday to “review” their evidence collection “with an eye towards streamlining the presentation of its case.”The amount of evidence prosecutors are preparing was detailed in a court filing Thursday.