Trump supporter reveals why she voted to convict Manafort

Trump supporter reveals why she voted to convict Manafort
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A hardcore Donald Trump supporter has been revealed as one of those who sat on a jury that convicted his ex-campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

Paula Duncan is such a fan of the US President, while she wasn't allowed to wear her 'Make America Great Again' hat in the courtroom, she made sure it was on the backseat of her car each day as she drove in.

Manafort was convicted on eight of 18 charges levelled against him relating to tax fraud and evasion.

Ms Duncan told Fox News it was "hard" for her to find him guilty, because she "really wanted him to be innocent".

"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... I did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty, but he was, and no one is above the law."

She also revealed Manafort would have been convicted on all 18 charges against him if it weren't for a single juror, who just couldn't be convinced. Manafort faces a retrial on those 10 charges, as well as separate charges relating to money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Mr Trump defended Manafort, and has repeatedly called the investigation into his campaign's alleged ties to Russia a "rigged witch hunt". Manafort's crimes were discovered during the investigation, led by Robert Mueller.

"[He] wouldn't have gotten caught if they weren't after President Trump," said Ms Duncan, who despite voting to convict Manafort, agree with the President that it was a "witch hunt".

"Every day when I drove, I had my Make America Great Again hat in the backseat, just as a reminder," she told Fox News.

'Make America Great Again' was the slogan used during the election campaign, and continues to be a rallying cry for Mr Trump's supporters.


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