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ALEXANDRIA, Va. - 17 August 2018: A jury began deliberations in Virginia on Thursday in the trial of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump s former campaign chairman, who faces bank and tax fraud charges that could put him behind bars for years.

The six men and six women received final instructions from U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis before retreating to a room in the federal courthouse in Alexandria, outside Washington, to weigh the 18 criminal counts brought against Manafort, 69, by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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

Trump has called Mueller s investigation a witch hunt and has complained about Manafort s treatment.

You can t talk about the case unless all 12 of you are present, Ellis told the jurors, adding that they could take as long as they like to reach a verdict.

Ellis began the jury instructions on Wednesday after the prosecution and defense delivered closing arguments, and finished on Thursday morning. By midafternoon, jurors had not asked any questions of the judge as they deliberated.

If convicted on all counts, Manafort could face a sentence of up to 305 years in prison based on the maximum for each count, with the most serious charge carrying up to 30 years. However, if convicted, he likely would be given between seven and 12 years, according to a range of estimates from three sentencing experts interviewed by Reuters.

Prosecutors called 27 witnesses during about two weeks of testimony in the closely watched trial. The defense called no witnesses, arguing that prosecutors failed to prove their case.

The case involved millions of dollars Manafort received from pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine for work as a political consultant. Prosecutors accused Manafort of con

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