Manafort judge alludes to 'threats' in not releasing jurors' names

Jurors in Manafort trial send judge 4 questions, including asking him to redefine reasonable doubt

The judge presiding over the fraud trial of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, revealed on Friday that he has received threats and is under police protection.

This week, Trump refused to say to reporters whether he might consider pardoning his former campaign manager if he were convicted of the criminal tax evasion charges he faces, but did offer some thoughts on the charges against Manafort.

"I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad", Trump told reporters in White House before departing for fundraising events in NY. In no small part because of his guilty plea, Manafort's attorneys spent a considerable amount of time attempting to undercut Gates's credibility, including by bringing up the fact that he had had several extramarital affairs during the time he worked with Manafort. He happens to be a very good person.

"I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad. Thank you very much". Ellis explained that one aspect of the transcripts will remain sealed so as not to interfere with Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into whether Trump campaign officials colluded with Russian officials to steal the presidency from Hillary Clinton.

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Judge T.S. Eliis III said during a hearing Friday afternoon he is concerned for the "peace and safety of the jurors".

Trump made his comments while the jury of six women and six men were deliberating behind closed doors on Friday morning.

He added: "When you look at what is going on, I think it's a very sad day for our country".

A Manafort acquittal would provide ammunition to the president and his allies to ramp up the pressure on Mueller to conclude his investigation.

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Before leaving for the day Thursday, the jury sent Ellis four questions, including one asking whether he could "redefine" the meaning of "reasonable doubt", the legal threshold for acquitting a defendant.

Manafort is accused of hiding tens of millions of dollars in foreign income from the IRS - money he made advising Russia-backed politicians in Ukraine.

The prosecution could request a mistrial, but such a maneuver was very unlikely, Ohlin said.

The jury also asked the judge if a person is required to file an FBAR form - a requirement for people with foreign bank accounts greater than $10,000 - if they owned less than 50 percent of the account.

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"Given the judge's statement, the jurors may reasonably assume that they may be at some risk which may change the tenor of their deliberations, perhaps raising tensions or speeding things up".

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