Manafort jury ends first day of deliberations with questions

A courtroom sketch depicts Paul Manafort fourth from right standing with his lawyers in front of US district Judge

Manafort jury ends first day of deliberations with questions

Paul Manafort's wife Kathleen Manafort, second from right, walks next to Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni, right, as they arrive at federal court for the second day of jury deliberations in the trial of the former Trump camaign chairman, in Alexandria, Va., Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.

The judge also said he would not release the names and addresses of jurors sought by media outlets because he was anxious about their "peace and safety".

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III made the disclosure while presiding in a hearing where a coalition of news organizations sought the disclosure of jurors' identities and the contents of several secret bench discussions with prosecutors and Manafort's attorneys.

"I did not understand how this case would be perceived by the public", Ellis said.

"The Marshals go where I go", Ellis said, confirming the existence of his recent security detail.

Manafort's trial in federal court in Alexandria is the first stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 15-month-old investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 United States election.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE has repeatedly voiced his support for Manafort, calling his former campaign chief a "good guy" Friday.

Manafort's second trial, set to begin September 17, is expected to focus on charges related to alleged money laundering, witness tampering and violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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The jury concluded deliberations around 5:30 p.m. after receiving Ellis' answers.

The jury briefly resumed deliberations after submitting the note. "I think it's a very sad day for our country", Trump said Friday.

Manafort is accused of hiding from the IRS millions that he made advising Russia-backed politicians in Ukraine, and then lying to banks to get loans when the money dried up.

The charges largely predate Mr Manafort's five months working on the Trump campaign during a pivotal period in the 2016 presidential race, including three months as campaign chairman.

After a full day Thursday, the jury hadn't yet reached a verdict on the 18 counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and hiding foreign bank accounts brought by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. If convicted on all counts, he could spend the rest of his life in prison. It was not the first time Trump has weighed in since Manafort's trial began on July 31.

The government is not, Ellis reminded the jury, required to prove Manafort's innocence "beyond all possible doubt".

Ellis read jurors the jury instruction that said a person must file FBARs when he or she "controls the disposition of money, funds or other assets held in a financial account by direct communications".

"I think it was very ill-advised for the president to do this".

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