No verdict as Manafort jury breaks for weekend

Saturday, 18 Aug, 2018

When asked whether he'd pardon Manafort, Trump said, "I don't talk about that, no".

The federal judge heading the financial fraud trial of Paul Manafort said Friday that he has received unspecified threats during the case and is under the protection of U.S. Marshals.

"U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III made the comments as the jury deliberated for the second day, and as he rejected a motion to release information about the jurors".

So if I had to guess, I'd guess he's getting these threats from people on the left upset that he has been critical of Mueller's team. "He worked for me for a very short period of time", Trump said, adding, "but you know what?"

Earlier Friday morning, Ellis acknowledged facing pushback about how he's handled this case.

The juror motion itself was filed by multiple news organizations - the Washington Post, New York Times, AP, CNN, NBC, Politico and BuzzFeed. "There is at least one juror who has not decided the case and who is not convinced".

This courtroom sketch depicts Paul Manafort, fourth from right, standing with his lawyers in front of USA district Judge T.S Ellis III, and the jury during the jury selection of his trial in Alexandria, Va., July 31, 2018.

One bench conference would remain sealed, Ellis said, "because I don't want to interfere with any ongoing investigation". Ellis said all that will be released to the public at the end of the trial.

The financial fraud trial is the first courtroom test of the Russian Federation probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Prosecutors say he hid millions of dollars from the IRS in overseas bank accounts and then lied to banks to obtain multimillion dollar loans. Instead, it dealt nearly totally on accusations about his financial transactions and what he did with the money from Yanukovych and the bank loans. "I don't even go to the hotel alone".

Gates had already pleaded guilty before Manafort's trial to helping him hide millions in income from US tax authorities and is awaiting sentencing. "They had some questions which the judge addressed, and they've asked to come back tomorrow to continue deliberation", Downing said. Ellis cited their safety as his reason.

Two of the questions - when a person is required to file a foreign banking disclosure and the definition of "shelf" companies - related to tax and banking disclosures from memorable moments in witness testimony during the trial.