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Paul Manafort found guilty of tax fraud in first criminal trial

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Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty by a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia on Tuesday.

The jury decision came in the first of two federal cases against the longtime Republican operative and lobbyist that resulted from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

The federal indictment charged Manafort with bank fraud, tax fraud and failure to report foreign bank accounts while disguising more than $30 million in income through offshore financial institutions.

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The jury told the judge it had failed to reach a decision on 10 of the 18 criminal counts. Manafort was found guilty on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts.

The judge declared a mistrial on the 10 other counts.

Manafort is scheduled to stand trial in September on charges of money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent.

Manafort surrendered to the FBI after being indicted in October 2017. Following additional charges of witness tampering that were filed in June, Manafort had his bail revoked.

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Trump’s former campaign boss is now being held in the Alexandria Detention Center.


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White House ripped for ‘ridiculously misogynistic stereotype’ in attack on Speaker Pelosi

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The White House was harshly criticized for an attack on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) launched by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

Grisham was already under fire for claiming President Donald Trump had been "measured" in a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) when she lashed out at the female speaker.

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Internet laughs off press secretary’s claims of presidential calm: ‘How often has Trump struck you as ‘measured’

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President Donald Trump isn't exactly known for being calm or measured, but that's what his White House is claiming he was during a meeting with Democratic and Republican leaders.

"[email protected] was measured & decisive today. @SpeakerPelosi walking out was baffling but not surprising w NO intention of participating in a mtg on nat’l security. Dem “leadership” chose to storm out & whine to cameras, everyone else stayed to work on behalf of our country," tweeted Stephanie Grisham.

It prompted CNN's Chris Cillizza to inquire when Trump ever struck someone as "measured."

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Republicans lack the ‘moxie’ to defend America’s Kurdish allies in Syria: Ex-RNC Chair

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Republicans will criticize President Donald Trump on foreign policy, but lack the nerve to do anything meaningful to protect America's Kurdish allies in northern Syria, the former chair of the Republican Party explained on MSNBC on Wednesday.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Steele about what it would take for Republicans to serve as a check on the president.

"I think the only way to make him change his mind is -- he’s got to think they might walk," Todd said.

"Well, that would require a level of moxie that we haven’t seen from the leadership," Steele replied.

"On the foreign policy space, I think that’s the one area where we’ve seen people actually start to push back rhetorically," he noted. "But I don’t know if internally they’ve really sat down with the president and go, 'This is how damaging this is, this is how troublesome it is, and this is the problem you’re having inside the caucus.' I just don’t — at least from the folks I’ve talked to, I haven’t gotten the sense they’ve gone there yet."

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