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I Talk To John Dean

This afternoon, just as all hell was starting to break loose, I talked to John Dean about Watergate, Trump Russia and similarities between the two. Listen here.

President's Initial Reaction

Here is a transcript and video of Trump’s brief comments on today’s news. Note that there’s no discussion of Cohen, only Manafort – transcript per pool report.

Transcript after the jump …

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Verdicts Reached

The Manafort jury has apparently reached verdicts on 8 of the 18 charges. Unclear yet whether that means a hung jury on those 10 charges, whether they will continue to deliberate, whether anything will be announced today.

Update – 4:33 PM: It seems like we may be moving toward a hung jury on as many as 10 of the Manafort counts. And we may be about to hear the results this afternoon.

BREAKING

Sens Burr and Warner just appeared jointly to announce they’ve “recently re-engaged with [Michael] Cohen” after recent reports about Trump Tower meeting. More shortly.

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Two Big Stories Moving

Just to catch you up, we’re looking at two major stories possibly moving this afternoon. The Manafort jury appears to have reached a verdict on all but one of the eighteen charges. Separately, we’re now hearing reports that Michael Cohen may reach a plea deal with federal prosecutors in New York (SDNY) as early as this afternoon.

More soon.

Jury Note Update

We’re getting more information on that note from the jury David noted below. The jury asked the judge what they should do if they “cannot come to a consensus for a single” count and if they can’t what does that mean for the “final verdict.” This strongly suggests (though who knows?) that they have reached consensus on most or all of the remaining 17 charges. They’re hung up on a single charge. In other words, they’ve made a lot of progress. We’d now expect the judge to ask them to take more time and try to reach consensus on that final charge.

There’s some ambiguity that some have noted that perhaps the jury meant they can’t come to agreement on even one count. In other words, they’re totally hung. That seems like a strained reading of the note. But it’s just a couple sentences and the version of the text we have are what reporters heard in open court, not reading the actual note. Seems like the former, but who knows.

Update: Some more news out of the courtroom appears to confirm that this is about lack of consensus on a single charge.

New Note From Manafort Jury

Some possible movement in the Manafort jury deliberations.

There was a knock on the door from the jury room into the courtroom, Tierney Sneed reports.

Subsequently we learned there is a new note from the jury, according to special counsel Robert Mueller’s office.

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