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"I did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty".

In a Fox News interview on Wednesday, Paula Duncan, a self-described Trump supporter, said the unidentified juror was not convinced that Manafort was guilty of all 18 criminal charges he faced.

If Trump made a decision to pardon Manafort in an attempt to stop the former campaign chairman from cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, Griffin said, that action could be an example of obstruction of justice. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

According to Duncan, she and her peers worked to convince the lone dissenting juror, but ultimately failed to prevent a split verdict Tuesday.

"In fact, my first question when I heard about it was "did they come out of the campaign", because that could be a little dicey", he said.

Information for this article was contributed by Matthew Haag and Sharon LaFraniere of The New York Times; and by Carol D. Leonnig, Rosalind S. Helderman and Matt Zapotosky of The Washington Post.

The defense attorneys for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, including lead attorney Kevin Downing (C), Richard Westling (L) and Thomas Zehnle (R), depart the US Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Aug. 21, 2018. The Times said Giuliani echoed Trump's assertion that Manafort was treated "horribly" by the justice system.

In the jury room, "One of us had a problem with accepting his testimony because he took the plea and so we agreed to throw out his testimony and look at the paperwork, which his name was all over", Duncan said.

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As for Cohen, "he seems a less likely candidate [than Manafort] for a Trump pardon", given how Trump has slammed Cohen for "flipping" to make a deal, "but anything is possible", Griffin added.

Manafort is facing a maximum of 80 years behind bars but the sentence is likely to be less.

These charges against Manafort came to light during the course of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the possibility that members of Trump's team colluded with Russians.

There are a zillion questions after two people close to President Trump during the 2016 campaign were convicted of or admitted to crimes within an hour of each other Tuesday: Why did Trump's former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, turn on the president so sharply? And while both the charges against Mr Manafort and Mr Cohen did not directly relate to Russian meddling, this is a huge deal for this president and this White House. She said to Hannity that Trump told her he would consider a pardon.

"It's called flipping and it nearly ought to be illegal", Trump said.

His former associate Rick Gates, who in February pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and lying to investigators, co-operated with the investigation into Manafort.

Giuliani did tell Fox News that during the conversation about pardons, Trump mentioned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "Nobody in a case like this gets raided in the middle of the night, put in solitary confinement", Giuliani said. "They were friends. He didn't work for him for very long".