Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Judge in Manafort trial says he's been threatened over case

Judge in Manafort trial says he's been threatened over case

As jurors weigh Manafort's fate in a sprawling financial fraud case taking place in Alexandria, Va., Manafort still has another, separate trial looming in the nation's capital.

Earlier in the day, Ellis said he was open to scrutiny.

Ellis also denied the media's request to make sealed sidebar transcripts public, although he added that much of those transcripts will be made public after the trial.

The jury was excused for the day and is to return Friday to continue deliberations.

Manafort, who worked on the presidential campaigns of Republicans Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole, was Trump's campaign chairman from May to August 2016.

David Atkins said that Trump could be impeached for words directed at the Manafort jury.

In this file photo taken on June 15, 2018 Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, DC.

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Prosecutors accused Manafort, 69, of hiding from USA tax authorities $16 million in money he earned as a political consultant for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine to fund an opulent lifestyle and then lying to banks to secure $20 million in loans after his Ukrainian income dried up and he needed cash.

It's the first courtroom test of the ongoing Russian Federation probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The Ukrainian government found ledgers pledging more than $12m (£9.2m) in cash to Mr Manafort for his advisory work with former President Viktor Yanukovych while he was in office, the New York Times reported. Mueller's prosecutors have alleged that Manafort, before joining Trump's campaign, for years hid millions of dollars in income earned from pro-Russia clients in Ukraine in foreign bank accounts while fraudulently obtaining bank loans to support an opulent lifestyle.

"I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad", Trump said, responding to shouted out questions from the press. It's still possible that Manafort could be charged with state crimes, as long as they don't overlap with the federal charges he is now facing.

In any case, while the prosecution put up what seems from a distance like a fairly strong case, the defense chose not to present any evidence or call any witnesses. He has already issued a number of pardons, including for a political ally, former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. That suggests that jurors are wrestling with how to apply the law's complex requirements to the murky structures set up by Manafort's law firm in Cyprus. Instead, it forced thousands of USA taxpayers to pay large civil penalties during a crackdown over the past decade on offshore tax evasion, primarily in Switzerland.

Manafort attorney Kevin Downing was pleased with the question. If convicted on all counts, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Manafort is also facing a separate trial in Washington D.C. on charges of money laundering and fraud conspiracy, which is scheduled for September.

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