Manafort Juror Reveals What REALLY Happened In The Trial

On Tuesday, the verdict was finally announced for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. He was found guilty on 8 felony accounts and another 10 counts were nulled as a mistrial.

A juror who interviewed with Fox News revealed the discrepancy boiled down to one juror.

From the Washington Examiner:

One juror prevented former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort being convicted of all 18 tax and bank fraud charges brought against him amid special counsel Robert Mueller’s federal Russia investigation, claimed a member of the jury.

“It was one person who kept the verdict from being guilty on all 18 counts,” Paula Duncan said during an interview on Fox News late Wednesday.

Duncan, an ardent Trump supporter, described the four days the jury spent deliberating Manafort’s charges as “emotional,” adding there did not seem to be many “fellow” Republican jurors.

Duncan said she was cautiously aware that the special counsel probably had ulterior motives in the case, but she said she made her verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court. She interestingly said that Manafort’s case was wrapped up in a larger probe of President Trump.

“Certainly Mr. Manafort got caught breaking the law, but he wouldn’t have gotten caught if they weren’t after President Trump,” Duncan said, per Washington Examiner.

“Finding Mr. Manafort guilty was hard for me. I wanted him to be innocent. I really wanted him to be innocent, but he wasn’t,” she added. “That’s the part of a juror. You have to have due diligence, and deliberate, and look at the evidence, and come up with an informed and intelligent decision, which I did.”

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Manafort was found guilty of five tax fraud charges, one count of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, and two counts of bank fraud charges.

Fox News reports Duncan said Mueller’s prosecutors were relaxed and occasionally dozed off in the courtroom:

In the interview, Duncan also described how the special counsel’s prosecutors apparently had a hard time keeping their eyes open.

“A lot of times they looked bored, and other times they catnapped – at least two of them did,” Duncan said. “They seemed very relaxed, feet up on the table bars and they showed a little bit of almost disinterest to me, at times.”

The jury box was situated in a corner of the courtroom that gave them an unobstructed head-on view of the prosecutors and defense, while members of the media and the public viewed both parties from behind.

Initially, Judge Ellis withheld the names and other sensitive information concerning the identities of the jurors, including Duncan, for fear of retaliation or threats. Duncan said the conclusion of the trial allowed her to speak out without fear. She noted that should the case have had a different outcome, she may not have spoken out.

Duncan described that she did not feel like she had to be reserved and could afford to speak out amid any potential fallout. She said, “had the verdict gone any other way, I might have been” more reserved.

President Trump has also been vocal about the case following its outcome:



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