Chicago banker convicted in loans-for-Trump job scheme

NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan jury has convicted a Chicago banker of criminal charges for enabling Paul Manafort to get $16 million in loans as the former campaign manager for ex-President Donald Trump helped him get an interview for a job in the Trump administration.

The jury returned its verdict Tuesday in federal court, convicting Stephen Calk of financial institution bribery and conspiracy. Calk’s lawyers had maintained their client did nothing illegal in the weeks after Trump won the presidential election in November 2016.

Afterward, Calk’s lawyer said the defense was very disappointed by the verdict. U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said Calk tried to use his bank to buy prestige and power.