former personal lawyer Michael Cohen from taxi businesses owned by him and his family, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

The jury in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort indicated in a note Tuesday that it is struggling to reach a unanimous verdict on all 18 tax- and bank-fraud charges.

Manafort's wife Kathleen expressed no emotion and stared ahead.

Neither Cohen nor his lawyer immediately responded to a request for comment. Downing added that he was "evaluating all of his options".

After being presented with voluminous evidence and testimony about the tens of millions of dollars Manafort made working for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine and his efforts to hide his income from the United States government, the jury convicted the veteran political consultant of five counts of filing false tax returns, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failure to disclose a foreign bank account.

Each of the bank fraud counts carries a significant maximum sentence and the 69-year-old could theoretically live out the remainder of his years in prison - though a legal expert contacted by AFP predicted his sentence would in reality last less than a decade.

The outcome, though not the across-the-board guilty verdicts prosecutors sought, nearly certainly guarantees years of prison for Manafort. Then he told reporters, "This had nothing to do with Russian collusion" before taking a shot at the Mueller investigation. While Manafort's trial was not directly related to the allegations of collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 Presidential campaign, it did serve as a test of the work Mueller's team has done. He later said it was outrageous that Trump had "decided to condemn the entire practice of flipping nationwide, which is essential to law enforcement operations".

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said in a statement: "There have yet to be any charges or convictions for colluding with the Russian government by any member of the Trump campaign in the 2016 election".

What dose this mean for the Mueller probe?

In his tweets, Trump seized on the counts on which Manafort escaped conviction.

Duncan said some jurors had a problem accepting the testimony of Manafort business partner Rick Gates - who also worked on the Trump campaign and was considered the special counsel's star witness.

For the most part, jurors heard detailed and sometimes tedious testimony about Manafort's finances and what prosecutors allege was a yearslong tax-evasion and fraud scheme.

Trump could, however, justify that he is "draining the swamp" of Washington corruption, argues Freedman, "wrapping himself in the mantle of good governance". His attorneys said he made the decision because he didn't believe the government had met its burden of proof.

It's unclear what caused the jury discrepancy, but it could range from Gates' involvement in the accounts to the finer points of the federal law on disclosures, such as how they apply to businesses like Manafort's consulting partnership DMP International. They also said they would need a new verdict form. Prosecutors had initially asked the judge not to make the discussion public because of Mueller's ongoing probe.

Prosecutors say Mr. Manafort hid tens of millions of dollars in foreign income from Ukraine. "So it was our obligation to look through all the evidence", Duncan said. Trump told people that Cohen was not "smart or loyal" and that he wanted to destroy him, said a former senior administration official.

He told U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III that he arranged a $150,000 payment from a media company to the model "in coordination with, and at the direction of, a candidate for federal office".

After the trial, Ellis complimented lawyers on both sides for "zealous and effective representation". Davis also said Cohen is not looking for a presidential pardon.

"We all take brickbats in life", Ellis said.

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