A juror on the Paul Manafort trial said there was only one juror standing in the way of convicting the former Trump campaign chairman on all 18 counts.
Manafort was found guilty on Tuesday of eight counts–five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failing to disclose foreign bank and financial accounts. The jury was unable to reach a consensus on the remaining 10 counts, and Judge T.S. Ellis declared a mistrial.
Paula Duncan joined Fox News’ Shannon Bream on Wednesday and explained that there was “one holdout” on the 10 counts–a female juror–who felt those counts could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
“I thought that the public –America–needed to know how close this was and the evidence was overwhelming. I did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty, but he was and no one is above the law,” said Duncan.
the prosecution tried to make the case about the Russian collusion…we did waste a bit of time with that
Duncan–who is a Trump supporter–said that while the charges were legitimate, “the prosecution tried to make the case about the Russian collusion right from the beginning and of course the judge shut them down on that. We did waste a bit of time with that….,” she said.
When asked what she thought of the Mueller prosecution team, Duncan replied, “At times I thought the prosecution was a little bored,” she said. “I saw them napping during the trial. (Greg) Andres and (Brandon) Van Grack especially, so it kind of sent a message of ‘we’re bored with this,’ and I’m thinking ‘well if you’re bored then why are we here?’”
Duncan said Judge Ellis was “spot on” when he told the prosecution prior to the trial, “You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud. You really care about what information he might give you about Mr. Trump and what might lead to his impeachment or prosecution.”
h/t Sara A. Carter