Global

Letters: Conviction of Trump aides is no big surprise

Letters: Conviction of Trump aides is no big surprise

President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort as a "brave man", saying he "refused to ‘break " during the prosecution that led to convictions Tuesday on eight tax- and bank-fraud charges in federal court. Still, she found the evidence against Manafort to be "overwhelming".

"We didn't want it to be hung, so we tried for an extended period of time to convince her", Duncan said, adding that the four days of deliberations were so heated that there were "tears" among the 12 jurors. "Write in and tell us what grade you would give the President, here at Fox & Friends!" "We did due diligence, we applied the evidence, our notes, the witnesses and we came up with the guilty verdicts on the eight counts", she said. "And this juror said if not for the holdout, this would have been unanimous on all 18 counts".

Information for this article was contributed by Matthew Haag and Sharon LaFraniere of The New York Times; and by Carol D. Leonnig, Rosalind S. Helderman and Matt Zapotosky of The Washington Post.

The trial of Paul Manafort was not about election conspiracy or presidential obstruction of justice.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday she "wasn't aware" of any discussions of Trump pardoning Manafort and the topic was "not something that's been up for discussion". "But it would also be in my view a colossal mistake for Trump", Turley says.

"I think we all went in there like we were supposed to and assumed that Mr. Manafort was innocent".

There's "no question" that Manafort is "angling for a pardon" from Trump, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley tells Here & Now's Robin Young.

"Any attempt by the President to pardon Mr Manafort or interfere in the investigation into his campaign would be a gross abuse of power and require immediate action by Congress", said Mr Warner, whose committee has been investigating Russian Federation and the 2016 United States election campaign.

During the Fox interview, Trump said Cohen had agreed to plead guilty to those two campaign finance violations to get a better deal on other charges unrelated to his relationship with Trump.

Manafort, 69, still has a pending case in Washington D.C. slated to begin next month with reported voluminous evidence related to charges of conspiracy to defraud the US, failing to register as a foreign agent, money laundering, witness tampering and making false statements.

Other Trump associates who have pleaded guilty as part of Mueller's investigation include former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and Gates. Of the suspect, said to be an illegal immigrant, Trump had no qualms about innocent-until-proven-guilty niceties: "Mollie was killed by this frightful man who came up from Mexico. Nobody in a case like this gets raided in the middle of the night, put in solitary confinement", Giuliani said. Legal filings from the case revealed that executives at the Trump Organization OK'd $420,000 in reimbursements to Cohen to pay of these women, then tried to hide the true nature of those payments by describing them as legal fees and retainers.