Manafort judge says he fears for jurors' safety

Jury in Paul Manafort trial poses questions about reasonable doubt

Judge Ellis, sitting in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, said he himself was being guarded by a USA marshal.

The trial against Manafort is not related to the activities he carried out from March-August 2016 as head of the Trump campaign, a post he was forced to resign after it emerged he had failed to declare $US12.7 million ($A17.4 million) he received from Yanukovich. A spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service did not immediately comment.

Ellis did not disclose details about the threats he had received.

The jury also requested that the judge redefine "reasonable doubt". The jury requested to be dismissed at 5 p.m.so one of it's 12 members could attend a previously scheduled event.

Prosecutors say the 69-year-old dodged taxes on millions of dollars he made lobbying for Ukrainian politicians.

Westling said that is the reason the defense made a decision to rest Its case without calling any witnesses to testify, including Manafort himself.

But Mueller's team has proven to be quite taciturn, The New York Times reports, going so far as to withhold comment about their lunch orders.

The president said: "I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad".

"He happens to be a very good person", Trump said.

Kevin Downing, Manafort's attorneny, told reporters he sees the continued deliberations as "a great sign for the defense".

Mr Trump called Manafort a "very good person" as the jury began its second day of deliberations on Friday.

A Manafort acquittal would provide ammunition to the president and his allies to ramp up the pressure on Mueller to conclude his investigation.

BUT the charges that Manafort faces are the direct result of the special counsel investigation, led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion.

He is then believed to have lied to banks to get loans when the money ran out - and is now facing 18 felony counts on tax evasion and bank fraud.

Prosecutors said Manafort had collected $65 million in foreign bank accounts from 2010 to 2014 and spent more than $15 million on luxury purchases in the same period, including high-end clothing, real estate, landscaping and other big-ticket items.

Listen to what else Vance had to say about Trump's "message" to Manafort in the video up top.

In his defense, Manafort's attorneys told jurors to question the entirety of the prosecution's case as they sought to tarnish the credibility of Manafort's longtime protege - and government witness - Rick Gates.

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