Trump’s ex-campaign chief Manafort guilty of bank and tax fraud

trumps ex campaign chief manafort guilty of bank and tax fraud
Trump’s ex-campaign chief Manafort guilty of bank and tax fraud
Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort has been found guilty of bank and tax fraud, reports Reuters.
He was found guilty of eight of the 18 counts he faced, with the judge declaring a mistrial on the others.

The trial of Manafort, a veteran Republican operative, is the first stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 US election.

The charges against Manafort largely came before his work on President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Prosecutors accused Manafort, 69, of hiding from US tax authorities $16 million he earned as a political consultant for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine to fund an opulent lifestyle and then lying to banks to secure $20 million in loans after his Ukrainian income dried up and he needed cash.

The verdicts completed a stunning fall for Manafort, a once-powerful political fixer and consultant and well-known figure in Republican politics for decades.

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