Trump also attempted to distance himself from Manafort, which drew a powerful fact-check from NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett. Trump said that the "whole Manafort trial is very sad", words that political analyst David Atkins said could constitute an attempt to tamper with Manafort's jury and lead to an acquittal. "I think it's a very sad day for our country", he said.
"I think it was very ill-advised for the president to do this".
If you're Paul Manafort and you hear about that - and we all know Paul Manafort's heard about that - it's hard to read that as anything other than a message to Manafort: "'Hold on, don't cut a deal with the government while the jury is out.'" A deal would nearly certainly involve cooperation in other investigations, possibly including the president. "Thank you very much".
Robert Mueller, the special counsel for the Department of Justice, led this prosecution, which arose from evidence uncovered by his team as it pursued whether Russian Federation had attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller's prosecutors charged Manafort with failing to register as a foreign agent over his lobbying in Ukraine and evading United States taxes by mis-reporting foreign income. If convicted on all counts, he could face up to 10 years in prison.
In the U.S., jury lists are presumed to be public unless a judge gives a reason for keeping them secret. Paul Manafort briefly worked for Trump's campaign in 2016.
The president declined to say whether he would issue a presidential pardon for Manafort.
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The federal judge presiding over Paul Manafort's tax-evasion case confirmed Friday that he has received multiple death threats since the beginning of the trial; adding he now travels with US Marshals to ensure his safety.
The revelation made by Ellis was used as an argument to respond to the petition by media outlets to disclose the names and some personal information of the 12 jury members, a petition that was rejected by the judge on security grounds.
During the trial, prosecutors have been frustrated by comments Ellis has made in front of the jury about the evidence and his frequent exhortations to move the three-week trial along at a quicker pace.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who will oversee the criminal trial in Washington, ordered Manafort jailed because of concerns about his alleged efforts to contact two witnesses. In the U.S. legal system, juries are required to find a defendant guilty of a crime "beyond a reasonable doubt".
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Prohibitions on jurors reading about a case they are deciding are hard to enforce in the smartphone era, Cornell University criminal law professor Jens David Ohlin said.
"I have the marshals' protection", he said.
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