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

As the panel deliberated, U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III disclosed at a hearing that he had received threats and is being guarded by deputy U.S. Marshals.

Judge Ellis said he also plans to release the transcripts of bench conferences now sealed by the court with one exception - likely a discussion which relates to information from Mr Mueller's investigators about its ongoing investigation.

"I don't feel right if I release their names", Ellis said.

Rejecting the request about the jury, Ellis said "to do so would create a risk of harm to them".

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. "But you know what, he happens to be a very good person and I think it's very sad what they've done to Paul Manafort".

Robert Mueller, the special counsel for the Department of Justice, led this prosecution, which arose from evidence uncovered by his team as it pursued whether Russian Federation had attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Prosecutor Andres alleges that overall, Manafort "failed to pay taxes on more than $15 million" in income.

While the general rule is that juries reach verdicts on Friday to avoid having to return after a weekend, Rudolph said she believed it was likely these deliberations will carry over into early next week. "I'm not sure for the better", Wallace said.

In remarks to reporters at the White House, Trump again called Mueller's investigation, which had cast a cloud over his presidency, a "rigged witch hunt", but sidestepped a question about whether he would issue a presidential pardon for Manafort. The note only asked Ellis if the jury could complete their work at 5:00 p.m.in order to accomodate an important event one of the 12 jurors wished to attend. The judge rejected the request for juror information, citing security concerns.

That the jurors gave the judge their questions at the end of the day as opposed to at various intervals before suggests cohesion because they were able to draft the questions, set them aside, and move on to other matters throughout the day, Litman said.

The jury briefly resumed deliberations after submitting the note.

It's the third question, asking for another explanation of "reasonable doubt", that many are keying in on.

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