Paul Manafort Found Guilty on Eight Out of 18 Charges

Former Trump aide Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight charges Tuesday reportedly stemming from his work in a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.

The jury took four days to find Manafort guilty of eight of the 18 criminal charges related to bank and tax fraud and failure to disclose overseas bank accounts while doing consulting work for Ukrainian political campaigns. The charges were not related to his work on the Trump campaign.

Federal Judge T.S. Ellis declared a mistrial on the remaining 10 counts due to the jury remaining deadlocked.

According to Reuters, prosecutors accused Manafort of hiding $16 million he earned with Ukranian campaigns as a political consultant and then lying to banks of in order to receive $20 million in loans after that money ran out.

While all of the charges were said to have happened prior to Manafort’s five-month participation with Donald Trump’s campaign, this was the first case to go to trial as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation into potential collusion into the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The ruling provides a win for Mueller, who has been facing criticism from Trump and Republican lawmakers labeling the investigation as a political witch hunt.

The verdict follows a multiweek trial in Alexandria, Virginia, featuring testimony from Manafort’s former associate, Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty in February to lying to investigators and conspiring to defraud the United States.

Manafort’s sentencing has yet to be scheduled.



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