Fmr. Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort found guilty on bank and tax fraud charges
By: Pam Collins, Xiro Xone News August 21, 2018 Updated: 5:58 PM PT
Former campaign Trump chairman Paul Manafort Trump has been found guilty on 8 counts of bank and tax fraud.
The verdict came which took place in an Alexandria, Virginia, federal court after the jury returned with a verdict after 4 days of deliberation.
Manafort was tried for 18 counts however the jury could not come to a decision on ten other counts related to financial crimes as a mistrial was declared on those counts.
Tuesday’s verdict can be seen as a win special counsel Robert Mueller's team as a second trial for Manafort is set for later next month.
Trump told reporters before a rally in Charleston, W.Va., on Tuesday that he feels very badly for Manafort.
"I must tell you that Paul Manafort's a good man. He was with Ronald Reagan, he was with a lot of different people over the years and I feel very sad about that." Trump said.
"Doesn't involve me but I still feel, you know, it's a very sad thing that happened. This has nothing to do with Russian collusion. This started as Russian collusion, this has absolutely nothing to do, this is a witch hunt that ends in disgrace. But this has nothing to do what they started out, looking for Russians involved in our campaign. There were none…"
"We continue the witch hunt," he said.
Many political analysts feel that Manafort’s verdict may cast a dark cloud over the Republican Party in the midterm elections in November.