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Manafort Jury Begins Second Day of Deliberations

20 August 2018

The judge said he would not be revealing the jurors' names because of his safety concerns.

Judge Ellis, sitting in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, gave an insight into the tensions surrounding the case when he revealed he was being protected by a United States marshal. If that's the case, then the more time the jury spends reviewing the evidence the more likely it becomes that they will convict him.

Ellis was more accommodating on another request made by the press.

"Trump has largely attempted to distance himself from Manafort and initially told reporters Friday he "[doesn't] talk about that".

"I have the marshals' protection", he said. Meanwhile President Trump watches from afar, commenting when he feels it is necessary.

Another question asked for a definition of "shelf company;" the typical term is "shell company", according to the New York Times.

The financial fraud trial is the first courtroom test of the ongoing Russian Federation probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump said Friday at the White House that it was "a very sad day for our country".

The case is the first to go to trial stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 US election, although the charges largely predate Manafort's five months working on Donald Trump's campaign.

"I'm going to do that, maybe five minutes before", Ellis said Friday afternoon, shortly before dismissing the jurors.

Listen to what else Vance had to say about Trump's "message" to Manafort in the video up top.

After Manafort's income from Ukraine dried up, prosecutors charge, he lied to get loans from banks.

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

Ellis instructed jurors to use their collective recollection for those two questions. Among the questions they have since sent to the judge was a request to define "reasonable doubt". On the first day the jury heard testimony, Trump said Manafort had been treated worse than 1920s gangster Al Capone.

Manafort is charged with bank fraud, tax evasion and failure to report foreign bank accounts.

Defense lawyers say the government failed to prove its case. Instead, it forced thousands of US taxpayers to pay large civil penalties during a crackdown over the past decade on offshore tax evasion, primarily in Switzerland.

Defense attorney Richard Westling said Manafort became the special counsel's victim in a "selective process of pulling" his financial records to concoct a narrative of an "elaborate fraud scheme".

Manafort Jury Begins Second Day of Deliberations