Manafort juror on a potential pardon: 'It would be grave mistake'

Juror No. 0302 may not have sought fame, but Paula Duncan will long be remembered in connection with Paul Manafort, whom she and 11 others convicted on eight counts of financial crime.

Prosecutors now have until August 29 to determine how to proceed on the 10 charges that ended in mistrial.

Duncan also described how one juror, a woman, maintained that she had reasonable doubt.

Asked about Mueller's investigation, Davis said it should continue "until its end point" but does not see any present evidence of Russian collusion. She said she told the other juror they had a responsibility to hear everything before deciding.

"It's called flipping and it nearly ought to be illegal", the president said as he contrasted Mr Cohen's behaviour with that of Paul Manafort, his former campaign chief, who was convicted of seven counts of financial fraud and one of failing to disclose a foreign bank account.

Duncan, who graduated with a degree in environmental science and journalism from the University of Missouri in 1989, said she was planning to write a book about her experience.

Paul Manafort was found guilty in Virginia by a jury of his peers on eight felony counts of bank fraud and tax fraud. The judge declared a mistrial on the 10 counts. Judge T.S. Ellis, who oversaw the three-week trial in a US federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, declared a mistrial on those 10 counts.

The interview Wednesday night marked the first time a juror had publicly identified him or herself after the trial. Once court returned to session, Ellis reminded jurors several times to not discuss the case at all.

Judge Ellis told jurors, including Duncan, that their names would remain sealed after the trial's conclusion, because of unsafe threats he received during the proceedings.

Trump also downplayed the importance of Cohen to him, saying he did "small deals", and was "not somebody that was with me that much". "I'm an American, I'm a citizen, I feel I did my civic duty".

"I'll tell you what, if I ever got impeached I think the market would crash".

"I think I expected a little more", Duncan said.

Without providing evidence, the Republican president said the campaign finance violations to which Cohen pleaded guilty were not a crime, even though prosecutors and Cohen agreed they were. "I did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty but he was and no one is above the law". "So it was our obligation to look through all of the evidence".

Duncan also questioned the motives of prosecutors, repeating Trump's characterization that it was a "witch hunt".

Duncan said deliberations were sometimes heated, but that politics did not influence their decisions.

Manafort's lawyers, on the other hand, gave short cross-examinations, rarely objected and gave off an "easygoing" vibe, she said. It involves claims he acted as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukrainian interests and made false statements to the USA government.

Manafort was indicted along with former business associate Rick Gates, who testified for the government.

Giuliani said Trump's concern for Manafort is what motivates him to consider a pardon.

Mr. Cohen made the extraordinary admission that he paid a pornographic film actress "at the direction of the candidate", referring to Mr. Trump, to secure her silence about an affair she said she had with Mr. Trump.

  • Leroy Wright