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Jury Begins 3rd Day Of Deliberations In Manafort Fraud Trial

August 20, 2018 - 10:24 am

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WCBS 880/AP) — Jury deliberations have resumed in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Monday marks the third day that jurors ponder the 18-count indictment.

Federal prosecutors in the trial in Alexandria, Virginia, allege that Manafort hid tens of millions of dollars in foreign income. They also say he lied on loan applications to obtain millions more to maintain a lavish lifestyle.

Manafort's attorneys didn't call witnesses in his defense, claiming the prosecution had failed to meet its burden of proof. His attorneys attacked the credibility of a key witness, one-time Manafort protege Rick Gates.

The trial is the first courtroom test of the Russia probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller, though the case doesn't involve allegations of Russian election interference.

The jury concluded its first day of deliberations Thursday with a series of questions to the judge, but there were no notes from the jury on Friday.

"The last indication we got from the jury as to which direction it was heading was on Thursday -- which was the first day of deliberations -- when the jury returned a note that asked about the intricacies of the banking law -- one of the laws Manafort is accused of violating, and they also asked the fundamental question about reasonable doubt asking for a redefinition from the judge," CBS News Correspondent Steven Portnoy said. "There's really no way to know what's going on inside that jury room."

Manafort has a second trial scheduled for September in the District of Columbia. It involves allegations that he acted as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukrainian interests and made false statements to the U.S. government.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)