The jury began a fourth day of deliberations Tuesday in the trial of Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort, the first resulting from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The case against Manafort stems from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion between the Trump campaign team and Moscow, and is viewed as an important test for the probe, which the president has repeatedly denounced as a “witch hunt.”
But 69-year-old Manafort is charged with crimes that are unrelated to his brief time as campaign chairman.
He is accused of failing to pay taxes on tens of millions of dollars he earned while advising Russian-backed politicians in Ukraine between 2006 and 2015, as well as of providing fraudulent statements to secure bank loans. (AFP)