Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafortwas convicted on 8 counts today; mistrial declared on 10 other charges. The trial was the first public test of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian meddling and obstruction of justice by Trump.
Manafort, a fixture in Republican politics for decades, was convicted of five counts of tax fraud, one count of failure to file a report of foreign bank and financial accounts and two counts of bank fraud. A mistrial was declared in three counts of failing to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, and seven counts of bank fraud and bank fraud conspiracy.
Prosecutors built a case that Manafort for years hid millions from U.S. tax authorities in overseas accounts, spending the money to maintain a lavish lifestyle and lying to banks to generate more cash.