The Manafort trial: Guilty on 8 counts
Defense attorney Kevin Downing answered a couple of questions this morning as he walked into the courthouse.
He said his client Paul Manafort is "feeling really good."
Here's the full exchange:
Question: Do you think there will be a verdict today?
Downing: “I don’t know. We’ll see what happens. Good morning, everybody.”
Question: How is your client feeling today?
Downing: “He’s feeling really good.”
The jury is set to begin its third day of deliberations this morning. We're not sure how long the process could take, but we'll update you here when we know more.
The jury in Paul Manafort's trial left Friday without reaching a verdict. They'll be back for a third day of deliberations at 9:30 a.m. ET.
We're not sure how long all of this could take: There could be a few more hours left, or the process could take days. Manafort is charged with 18 counts of tax and banking crimes, and the jury has a lot of evidence to sift through as it debates those charges.
We'll update here as soon as we know more.
Judge T.S. Ellis dismissed the jury for the weekend at 4:55 p.m. ET about seven hours after they began deliberating today.
"Put it out of your mind until Monday," Ellis said, adding, "Thank you for your work today."
They are scheduled to return at 9:30 a.m. ET Monday.
Paul Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing told reporters the team "really appreciate the support of President Trump," when asked by reporters about the President's comments concerning Manafort earlier today.
What Trump said this morning: The President answered questions about the Manafort trial as he left the White House on his way to New York.
"I think the whole Manafort trial is sad," Trump said. "I think it's a very sad day for our country. He worked for a me for a very short period of time. But you know what, he happens to be a very good person. I think it's very sad what they've done to Paul Manafort."
Downing also said he believes the jury is deliberating longer because it favors Manafort:
Reporter: "Do you think the jury deliberating longer favors your client?
Downing: "I do and he does."
The jurors' note and Judge T.S. Ellis' brief comments today suggest the jury will be back for at least another day of deliberations on Monday.
Judge Ellis will bring the jury back in at 4:50 p.m. ET today. He will ask them what time they want to convene on Monday — 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. (Ellis usually starts court at 1 p.m. on Mondays.)
The jury's note to Judge T.S. Ellis said jurors would like to finish their deliberations at 5 p.m. ET Friday because one of them has an event tonight.
Paul Manafort — plus prosecutors and defense — have entered the courtroom after they were notified that the jury delivered a note to the judge.
Manafort's wife, Kathleen, has also entered the courtroom.
Judge T.S. Ellis said he would make several in-court discussions he had with prosecution and defense lawyers public once the trial ends. The announcement came in his hearing of the media's requests to unseal information in the Paul Manafort trial.
But one won't be unsealed: The one that's part of an "ongoing investigation" will not be made public, he said.
What's this about: That exception happened during Rick Gates' testimony, when the former Trump campaign deputy leader was asked by Manafort's team how many times he was interviewed about his role on the Trump campaign. The special counsel's office investigating the Trump campaign and Russian government coordination said it wanted to keep that in-court discussion private because it would reveal new information about their ongoing investigation. Ellis agreed.
Gates is cooperating with the special counsel's office for Manafort's case and, apparently, on other still-unresolved potentially criminal matters.
Ellis said in court that discussion wouldn't be "permanently under seal, I hope," and that he couldn't say if it'd be unsealed at the end of the trial, like the other in-court conversations.
The other bench conferences "have to do with the administration of the jury," Ellis said.
The jury in the criminal trial of Paul Manafort has delivered a note to Judge T.S. Ellis.
The note hasn't been read in court yet.
Some background: The jury also delivered a note to the judge on Thursday. They asked four questions about the case. They were...
We'll update here as soon as we know more.