Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been found guilty of eight charges. Picture: Getty
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been found guilty of eight charges. Picture: Getty

Former Trump campaign chief found guilty

A JURY has found Donald Trump's campaign chief, Paul Manafort, guilty of eight counts with a judge declaring a mistrial on 10 other charges.

After deliberating for four days, the jury of six men and six women told the judge it had failed to reach a decision on 10 of the 18 criminal counts Manafort faces in the first trial stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 US election.

Manafort was charged with 18 counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and hiding foreign bank accounts in the first case brought to trial by Mr Mueller.

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The government can retry Manafort on the 10 charges that the jury failed to reach a verdict on.

Paul Manafort's wife Kathleen Manafort, centre, returns to federal court after the jury sent a note to the judge, during jury deliberations.  Picture:  AP
Paul Manafort's wife Kathleen Manafort, centre, returns to federal court after the jury sent a note to the judge, during jury deliberations. Picture: AP

Mr Trump has repeated called the probe a "witch hunt" and has called on Mr Mueller to wrap up his investigation.

Prosecutors say Manafort collected $US65 million in foreign bank accounts from 2010 to 2014 and spent more than $US15 million on luxury purchases in the same period, including high-end clothing, real estate, landscaping and other big-ticket items.

Members of the defense team for Paul Manafort, from left, Thomas Zehnle, Kevin Downing, Brian Ketchum, and Richard Westling, return to federal court.  Picture:  AP
Members of the defense team for Paul Manafort, from left, Thomas Zehnle, Kevin Downing, Brian Ketchum, and Richard Westling, return to federal court. Picture: AP

Manafort faced up to 305 years in prison if convicted on all charges.



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