Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial has come to a close — but that doesn't mean his fate is sealed.
Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, was found guilty of eight counts of financial fraud Tuesday. However, a mistrial was declared on the other 10 charges against him, as the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict. That means that Manafort can be retried on those counts, reports The Washington Post.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into whether the Trump campaign was involved with Russian election interference in 2016, also led the team of prosecutors who made the case over the course of two weeks that Manafort should be convicted of tax evasion and bank fraud. The team will have to decide within one week whether they want to retry Manafort on the remaining 10 charges, BuzzFeed News reports. There is no sentencing date yet for the eight felony charges.
On top of Manafort's guilty verdict, he still has to worry about a second trial, set to start in September in Washington, D.C. That trial will determine whether Manafort will face additional consequences over charges of failing to register as a lobbyist for the Ukraine government. Those charges are the reason Manafort has been in solitary, albeit comparatively luxurious, confinement; a judge revoked his bail after he was accused of witness tampering in June.
So while Manafort reportedly received the news of his guilty verdict with nothing more than a stoic look, that may have been because he was thinking about how far he has yet to go. Read more at The Washington Post. Summer Meza