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Manafort Jury Begins Second Day of Deliberations

19 August 2018

The revelation came after U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III denied a request from CNN and other left-of-center media outlets which sought to obtain the names and addresses of the 12 jurors in the trial, the Washington Examiner reported.

"I'm no stranger to criticism".

"I had no idea this case would excite these emotions, quite frankly", Ellis said. Jury lists are considered to be public unless a judge bans any access to them.

"The Marshals go where I go". A spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service did not immediately comment.

Prohibitions on jurors reading about a case they are deciding are hard to enforce in the smartphone era, said Jens David Ohlin, a professor of criminal law at Cornell University.

He did not give specifics of the threats but said he had been taken aback by the level of interest in the trial.

Ellis said he had already planned to unseal all materials "save one exception" after the trial ended.

The jury has not been sequestered during the trial.

Earlier Friday morning, Ellis acknowledged facing pushback about how he's handled this case. The trial yielded fresh evidence about favor-trading in the Trump campaign, even in its final days. "He said he's confident the jurors would be threatened as well if their information was public", write Fox News.

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

White House Counsel Don McGahn is cooperating with Mueller investigation
Dean says that he doesn't think McGahn was intentionally snitching on Trump, but that he had every incentive to be forthcoming. Just last month, Mr Trump demanded Mr Sessions fire Robert Mueller and end the probe "right now".

Also Friday, President Donald Trump issued a fresh defence of Manafort, calling him a "very good person". When you look at what's going on there, I think it's a very sad day for our country.

Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, is now facing 18 counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and secret foreign bank accounts after being charged by special counsel Robert Mueller in his ongoing investigation into Russian collusion.

"I think it's very sad what they've done to Paul Manafort".

Mr Trump called Manafort a "very good person" as the jury began its second day of deliberations on Friday.

Manafort is not charged with any crimes related to his brief time as Trump's campaign chairman, but the trial is seen as an important test for the Mueller probe.

Prosecutors outlined schemes allegedly used by Manafort to avoid paying U.S. taxes on the millions of dollars he earned in Ukraine and then deposited in bank accounts in Cyprus.

Westling attacked the government's contention that Manafort hid millions of dollars in offshore accounts to avoid US taxes so he could fund the luxurious purchases. He also questioned the fairness of a special counsel law that has allowed Mueller to commit millions of taxpayer dollars to his investigation. He's accused of failing to file foreign bank account reports for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Prosecutors said Mr Manafort declared only some of his foreign income on his federal income tax returns and repeatedly failed to disclose millions of dollars that streamed into the United States to pay for luxury items, services and property. Prosecutors had contended Manafort used shelf companies in Cyprus to control the offshore accounts and move Manafort's money, according to the Post.

Manafort, who pleaded not guilty, was sent to prison on June 15 after allegedly attempting to tamper with the testimony of at least two witnesses.

Manafort and his wife, Kathleen, each owned 50 percent of his Ukrainian political consulting business, DMP International, which held some of the bank accounts. The charges all relate to work Manafort did in Ukraine prior to his affiliation with Trump.

Manafort Jury Begins Second Day of Deliberations