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Paul Manafort is guilty on eight charges

PAUL MANAFORT at the 2016 Republican National Convention. He was Donald Trump’s campaign manager (Shutterstock).

Paul Manafort, who served as manager of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, was found guilty on Tuesday by a federal jury in Alexandria, Va. of eight counts of financial crimes.

He was declared guilty of five tax fraud charges, one charge of illegally hiding foreign bank accounts and two counts of bank fraud.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on 10 other charges. Manafort, 69, now faces up to 80 years in federal prison. He also has been charged with other crimes in a separate investigation, including money laundering and failure to register as a lobbyist for the foreign government.

Also on Tuesday, President Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty in a New York federal court to violating campaign finance laws, saying he made payoffs to women “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” who is considered to be Trump by some observers.

The president has denounced the investigation that led to Cohen’s guilty plea as a “witch hunt” and “a disgrace,” but said that Cohen’s legal issues “have nothing to do with me.”

 

 

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