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Manafort Juror: One Holdout Stopped Him From Being Convicted on All Counts

By    |   Thursday, 23 August 2018 09:04 AM

One lone holdout on the Paul Manafort jury stopped special counsel Robert Mueller’s team from winning a conviction on all 18 counts against the former Donald Trump campaign chairman, juror Paula Duncan told Fox News.

"It was one person who kept the verdict from being guilty on all 18 counts," Duncan, 52, said.

Duncan, who is a supporter of President Trump, spoke to the news network after the jury found Manafort guilty on eight financial crime counts. It was deadlocked on 10 others.

 Duncan said the unidentified juror expressed "reasonable doubt" and could not be swayed by the rest of the jurors.

"We tried for an extended period of time to convince her," she said.

Duncan said during the four days of deliberations in the case, tempers flared and tears flowed at times.

"It was a very emotionally charged jury room – there were some tears," she said.

"Finding Mr. Manafort guilty was hard for me. I wanted him to be innocent, I really wanted him to be innocent, but he wasn’t. That’s the part of a juror, you have to have due diligence and deliberate and look at the evidence and come up with an informed and intelligent decision, which I did."

And she noted, Mueller’s team of prosecutors seemed uninterested, at times, during the trial.

"A lot of times they looked bored, and other times they catnapped – at least two of them did," Duncan said. "They seemed very relaxed, feet up on the table bars and they showed a little bit of almost disinterest to me, at times."

Meanwhile, Trump said he would consider pardoning Manafort, according to Fox News reporter Ainsley Earhardt, who interviewed the president.

"I think he feels bad for Manafort," she said. "They were friends."

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One lone holdout on the Paul Manafort jury stopped special counsel Robert Mueller’s team from winning a conviction on all 18 counts against the former Donald Trump campaign chairman, juror Paula Duncan told Fox News.
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