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The trial of former Trump presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort will continue next week after the judge dismissed jurors early Friday before they could issue a verdict.

On Thursday, Ellis read aloud another note detailing four questions from the jury, which covered foreign financial accounts, shelf companies, the definition of reasonable doubt and other evidence in the case. As for reasonable doubt, he described it as "a doubt based on reason" and told jurors it does not require proof "beyond all doubt". He told attorneys "I'm no stranger to criticism", but said "this case has brought it to a new level".

"I'm not [lead prosecutor] Greg Andres, so it's easy for me to say he doesn't need to bite his nails right now", Litman said.

Manafort's trial in federal court in Alexandria is the first stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 15-month-old investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 USA election.

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The case is the first to go to trial stemming from Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 US election, although the charges largely predate Manafort's five months working on Trump's campaign, including three as chairman.

A defendant who sees how bad the evidence is, then goes to the prosecutors and says, 'OK, I'm ready to plead guilty now.' The president is in essence saying, 'Don't do that.

Another factor that could contribute to an elongated deliberation process is whether the jury is aware of the political magnitude of their decision. Jury deliberations are set to resume Monday morning.

The note from the jury had four questions about the case, in which Manafort faces 18 tax and bank fraud charges. Prosecutors accused Manafort of concealing more than $16 million in income from US tax authorities and fraudulently securing $20 million in bank loans.

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The judge overseeing Paul Manafort's trial said Friday that he's received threats related to the case - and won't release jurors' names amid fears for their safety. If convicted on all the charges, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

But it was not the first time Mr Trump has weighed in since the Manafort trial began on July 31. On the first day of testimony, Trump said Manafort had been treated worse than 1920s gangster Al Capone.

In more than three decades on the bench, Ellis said he could recall only one or two cases in which he felt such concern for jurors' security.

"I think it's all a good sign, yes", he said.

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