The Manafort trial: Jury deliberations continue

By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Brian Ries and Sophie Tatum, CNN
5:58 p.m. ET, August 17, 2018
5:23 p.m. ET, August 17, 2018

Our live coverage has ended, but we'll be back Monday morning. Scroll through the posts below to read about jury deliberations in the Paul Manafort trial or follow the case here.

5:12 p.m. ET, August 17, 2018

Judge dismisses jury for the weekend

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

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.

3:54 p.m. ET, August 17, 2018

Manafort's attorney says he appreciates Trump's support

From CNN's Aaron Cooper and Charlitta Rodrigues

Paul Manafort's attorney, Kevin Downing, walks from the Albert V. Bryan US Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia on August 17, 2018, as jury deliberations continue for a second day.

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."

3:04 p.m. ET, August 17, 2018

The jury is expected to have a third day of deliberations Monday

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

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.)

2:59 p.m. ET, August 17, 2018

Jury's note says they want to go home today by 5 p.m. ET

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

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. 

2:52 p.m. ET, August 17, 2018

Manafort is in the courtroom

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.  

2:47 p.m. ET, August 17, 2018

Manafort judge says he'll unseal private courtroom discussions — except this one

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

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.

2:42 p.m. ET, August 17, 2018

Manafort jury delivers note to court

From CNN's Marshall Cohen

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.

2:35 p.m. ET, August 17, 2018

A grandma attending the trial has been knitting throughout. She's made four blankets so far.

From CNN's Annie Grayer

Terry Farrar, the wife of the former US Ambassador to Panama, has been attending the Paul Manafort trial since it started 14 days ago (barring a few days she was called for grandma duty by one of her four grandchildren).

Farrar said this is her first trial — which is easy for her to attend since she lives across the street. While in the courtroom, Farrar has been knitting blankets to donate to her church. 

"My hands always have to be busy. I hate to waste time, I have to be productive," she said. 

Every time Farrar has entered the courthouse she has followed the procedure of forgoing electronics and going through security.

Today, however, something different happened. 

After the jury was sent back to resume deliberations, two US Marshals pulled Farrar out of the courtroom and into the hallway. 

"They told me I was not allowed to have my sewing materials in court with me," Farrar said. 

Farrar had brought plastic knitting needles with her to work on blankets during court. "They think it could be used as a weapon," even though she added, "they said I don't fit the profile." 

To illustrate her small size, Farrar recalled how government officials, who worked for her husband, used to use her for weightlifting practice.

"I'm less than 100 pounds," Farrar said, "they used to use me as a weight." 

The US Marshals ushered her downstairs to run her bag through the courthouse security checkpoint again, and put her bag through the x-ray machine. 

"They said they didn't understand how it had gotten through," Farrar said.

Her materials have been confiscated (security is holding the knitting needles for her downstairs), but Farrar said she is determined to keep sewing. She plans to use her fingers to crochet.

Farrar has used her blanket making as a marker for how long the trial has gone on.

"I call it a 'four blanket trial,' hopefully it won't be a five blanket trial," she said.