Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been found guilty on eight counts in his fraud and money laundering trial and the judge has declared a mistrial on 10 counts that the jury could not come to agreement on.
The Washington Post reports: “Manafort was convicted on five counts of filing false tax returns, one count of not filing a required IRS form, and two bank fraud counts. The verdict announced Tuesday comes as President Trump has stepped up his criticism of Mueller’s probe, publicly criticizing the investigation on a weekly basis. As the Manafort trial began, Trump called for Mueller’s probe to be shut down immediately. Manafort’s guilty verdict may strengthen Mueller’s hand as he continues to investigate possible conspiracy and seeks an interview with the president; an acquittal could have led to a broader effort by conservatives to shut down the special counsel’s office.”