- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 23, 2018

A juror from Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial said late Wednesday that one holdout prevented the former Trump campaign manager from being convicted on all counts.

Juror Paula Duncan spoke to Fox News one day after the jury found Manafort guilty on eight counts of tax and bank fraud, but deadlocked on 10 other counts.

“It was one person who kept the verdict from being guilty on all 18 counts,” Ms. Duncan said.

The identities of other jurors have not been disclosed.

Ms. Duncan told the network she is an avid supporter of President Trump, calling special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe a “witch hunt to try to find Russian collusion.” Yet, she voted to convict Manafort.

“Finding Mr. Manafort guilty was hard for me, I wanted him to be innocent, I really wanted him to be innocent, but he wasn’t,” Duncan said.

”That’s the part of a juror, you have to have due diligence and deliberate and look at the evidence and come up with an informed and intelligent decision, which I did.”

Ms. Duncan described the four days of deliberation as “emotionally” charged, painting a tense picture of a jury room where tempers flared and others shed tears.

She also said the jury didn’t include many “fellow Republicans.”

Ms. Duncan also accused prosecutors from Mueller’s team looking bored and even catnapping.

“They seemed very relaxed, feet up on table bars and they showed a little bit of almost disinterest to me, at times.”

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