Jury finds Manafort guilty on 8 counts — 80 years in prison max

ALEXANDRIA, VA – AUGUST 21: Kathleen Manafort (R), wife of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, leaves the Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse August 21, 2018 after the jury in the case reached a verdict in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort was found guilty on 8 out of 18 counts of bank and tax fraud as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been convicted on eight counts of financial crimes and is now facing down a max of 80 years in prison.

He was found guilty of five counts of filing false income tax returns, one count of failing to file a report of a foreign bank account in 2012 and two charges of bank fraud. Judge T.S. Ellis declared a mistrial on 10 charges jurors were unable to reach a verdict on.

The outcome of the case, the first brought to trial as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, is a big win for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

During the entire debacle, the president’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitted to violating federal campaign finance laws by arranging hush money payments to two women “at the direction” of then-candidate Trump.

 

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