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Paul Manafort Convicted at Fraud Trial in Setback for Trump

Paul Manafort (R), former campaign manager to President Donald Trump - Brian Snyder REUTERS
Paul Manafort (R), former campaign manager to President Donald Trump Brian Snyder REUTERS

A federal jury convicted Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, at his fraud trial, handing a crucial victory to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Manafort was found guilty on five counts of tax fraud, one count of failing to file a financial document with the government, and two counts of bank fraud. The jury couldn’t reach a decision on the other 10 counts. He was accused of lying to tax authorities about his income and offshore tax accounts, failing to file reports about those accounts, and defrauding banks to get loans.

Manafort, 69, faces a lengthy prison term for each count, raising the question of whether Trump might take the politically fraught step of pardoning his former aide or commuting his sentence. Without Trump’s intervention, Manafort’s only hope for leniency would be to cooperate with Mueller’s probe.

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