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Manafort jury ends 3rd day of deliberations in fraud trial

Former Trump campaign chairman is facing an 18-count indictment

Posted: August 20, 2018
Last Updated: August 20, 2018

Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, is shown in a November 2017 file photo. The jury in his trial has concluded its third day of deliberations. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

For a third day, jury deliberations have adjourned without reaching a verdict in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Jurors in Alexandria, Va., tasked with the 18-count indictment, asked the judge late Monday afternoon for permission to continue deliberating. The judge said the jury would reconvene on Tuesday morning.

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Federal prosecutors in the trial allege that Manafort hid tens of millions of dollars in foreign income. They also say he lied on loan applications to obtain millions more to maintain a lavish lifestyle.

Manafort's attorneys didn't call witnesses in his defence, claiming the prosecution had failed to meet its burden of proof. His attorneys attacked the credibility of a key witness, one-time Manafort protege Rick Gates.

The trial is the first courtroom test of the Russia probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller, though the case doesn't involve allegations of Russian election interference.


With files from Reuters.