"I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad, when you look at what's going on there", Trump said. But you know what? Of Mr. Manafort, he said: "He happens to be a very good person".
In an indication that the six women and six men of the jury may not reach a verdict on Friday (local time), they sent the judge a note asking that they be permitted to finish their work for the day at 5:00pm (7:00am AEST) because one juror has a social engagement.
Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 and served as its chairman from June to August of that year - a period that included the Republican National Convention, where Trump officially became the party's nominee for president.
Judge TS Ellis III said he is under the protection of US Marshals and is concerned for the "peace and safety of the jurors" during a hearing on Friday.
Ellis said that he was shocked there was so much interest in the case. "I'm not sure it's for the better", Wallace said in regard to presidents commenting on ongoing trials. The charges stem from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's sprawling investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election. They say Manafort declared only some of his foreign income on his federal income tax returns and repeatedly failed to disclose millions of dollars that streamed into the U.S.to pay for luxury items, services and property.
"I do somehow think he has gotten his back up personally about Greg Andres".
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"Trump has largely attempted to distance himself from Manafort and initially told reporters Friday he "[doesn't] talk about that".
It was the "reasonable doubt" question that caught some legal experts most by surprise as it suggested one or more jurors may be grappling with whether the prosecution met this standard of proof on certain counts.
The jury's been deliberating.
Jurors also asked the court to define "shelf company", and for more information on foreign bank account records. The judge told them reasonable doubt "is a doubt based on reason", but added: "The government is not required to prove guilt beyond all possible doubt".
Wallace pointed out that Trump went so far as to say "it's sad" Manafort was prosecuted at all.