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Former Trump campaign chairman found guilty on tax fraud charges

Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2018 | 3:40 PM
In this July 17, 2016, photo, former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. (Associated Press/Matt Rourke)

A jury has reportedly found Paul Manafort guilty on at least five counts of felony tax fraud charges.

It has reached an undetermined verdict on three more of the 18 counts against him and remains undecided on the other 10. 

Manafort worked for several months as President Donald Trump's campaign chairman during the 2016 election.

Special counsel Robert Mueller brought 18 charges related to tax evasion and bank fraud against Manafort, based on evidence that his team uncovered in the ongoing probe into Russia's attempt to sway the presidential election – and into possible assistance from the Trump campaign in such election tampering.

The verdict concludes the first case Mueller brought to trial since Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed him as special counsel in the probe after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

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