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Paul Manafort trial blog: Jury convicts former Trump campaign chairman on 8 counts

Prosecutors aren't expected to focus on Russia — but trial's outcome could be key to getting Manafort to cooperate in the Mueller probe.

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — A federal jury convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on eight felony counts on Tuesday after four days of deliberation and 12 days of arguments, evidence and witnesses. .

Manafort was on trial for 18 charges of tax evasion and money laundering; the judge declared a mistrial on 10 of those charges after the jury failed to reach consensus. The trial is the first to arise from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into election interference, though the charges did not involve Manafort's time with Trump.

Prosecutors built a case that Manafort for years hid millions from U.S. tax authorities in overseas accounts, spending the money to maintain a lavish lifestyle and lying to banks to generate more cash.

Manafort's lead attorney said his client, who faces an estimated seven to nine years in prison, is evaluating his options. Prosecutors have until Aug. 29 to decide what they will do about the 10 mistrial charges.

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