Fox News reports:
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team was one holdout juror away from winning a conviction against Paul Manafort on all 18 counts of bank and tax fraud, juror Paula Duncan told Fox News in an exclusive interview Wednesday.
“It was one person who kept the verdict from being guilty on all 18 counts,” Duncan, 52, said. She added that Mueller’s team of prosecutors often seemed bored, apparently catnapping during parts of the trial. Duncan described herself as an avid supporter of President Trump, but said she was moved by four full boxes of exhibits provided by Mueller’s team – though she was skeptical about prosecutors’ motives in the financial crimes case.
“Certainly Mr. Manafort got caught breaking the law, but he wouldn’t have gotten caught if they weren’t after President Trump,” Duncan said of the special counsel’s case, which she separately described as a “witch hunt to try to find Russian collusion,” borrowing a phrase Trump has used in tweets more than 100 times.
Just in case you’re wondering who the “deep state” was in the Manafort jury, this was one of the jurors — a Trump supporter who proudly wears her MAGA hat…and voted to convict on all 18 counts. A sole juror was the holdout that stoped Manafort being convicted on all 18 counts. pic.twitter.com/R0LAGcwR11
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) August 23, 2018
One Manafort juror:
-Is a Trump superfan
-Is suspicious of special counsel’s motives
-Kept her MAGA hat in her car at trial every day
…and still concluded Manafort was guilty on all counts.https://t.co/nKAvmvSASV
— Andrew Prokop (@awprokop) August 23, 2018
Oh, ok fine! Read the thread. But I think this female juror is lying and said she wasn’t the hold out because she’s more than willing to throw someone else under the bus. She goes on Fox next day wearing a maga hat? Really bitch? https://t.co/fp8Nws6aV0
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 23, 2018
Gonna be curious to hear the reaction from this juror — a Trump supporting, “witch hunt” denouncing, MAGA hat owning juror who says she voted to convict Manafort — if (or when?) Trump pardons him https://t.co/VLL5RvN8YE
— Mark Berman (@markberman) August 23, 2018