Manafort juror: One 'holdout' prevented jury from convicting Manafort on all 18 counts

A juror who sat on former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortLobbyist Tony Podesta returns to work for Huawei Former bank CEO convicted of bribery in scheme to land Trump admin job Trial begins for Chicago banker who exchanged loans with Manafort for Trump job MORE's case said on Fox News Wednesday night that only one juror prevented a ruling on all 18 counts against Manafort

Paula Duncan said a lone juror could not come to a guilty verdict on 10 charges, ultimately leading Judge T.S. Ellis III to declare a mistrial on 10 of Manafort's 18 counts.

A jury convicted Manafort on Tuesday on five counts of filing false income tax returns, one count of failing to report foreign bank accounts and two counts of bank fraud. Ellis declared a mistrial on three counts of failing to report foreign bank accounts, five counts of bank fraud conspiracy and two counts of bank fraud.


Duncan identified herself as supporter of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE and said she had hoped Manafort was innocent. But, Duncan said, she was convinced of Manafort's guilt after seeing four full boxes of evidence from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s legal team.

Duncan said deliberations were heated, evening bringing some jurors to tears.

Though Duncan said the jury was not political in its conviction, she said she was skeptical of prosecutors’ intentions, which she implied were political.

Duncan said jurors never explicitly deliberated on Manafort's ties to Trump.

“Certainly Mr. Manafort got caught breaking the law, but he wouldn’t have gotten caught if they weren’t after President Trump," Duncan said, referencing Mueller's probe, which she described as a "witch hunt to try to find Russian collusion." The president frequently derides Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference as a "witch hunt."

“Something that went through my mind is, this should have been a tax audit,” she said.

Trump praised Manafort as “brave” shortly after his conviction and suggested that Mueller brought an unfair case against Manafort in order to compel damaging testimony against himself.

“I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. ‘Justice’ took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to 'break' — make up stories in order to get a ‘deal.’ Such respect for a brave man!” Trump tweeted, referring to his longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty in a separate case the same day as Manafort's conviction.

The day after Manafort's conviction, Trump pointed to the mistrial as evidence that he was being improperly targeted by Mueller.

“A large number of counts, ten, could not even be decided in the Paul Manafort case. Witch Hunt!” he tweeted Wednesday morning.

Updated at 11:40 p.m.