Judge in Manafort case calls extended recess
U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis lll huddled with attorneys from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office and Manafort’s defense lawyers, as well as court security officers, for more than 20 minutes before calling the recess. The judge then exited the courtroom toward the jury room.
The recess comes as prosecutors are preparing to finish their case Friday. Manafort faces charges of bank fraud and tax evasion.
Prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller are asking the judge overseeing the fraud trial of Paul Manafort to correct an earlier statement.
On Thursday, prosecutors questioned a loan officer for Citizen’s Bank of New York, asking about Manafort’s 2016 loan application that the bank rejected. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III interjected: “You might want to spend time on a loan that was granted.”
Early Friday, prosecutors said Ellis’ crack “misrepresents the law” regarding bank conspiracy and “is likely to confuse the jury.”
Ellis has yet to comment on the motion.
A day earlier, the judge acknowledged that he likely erred when he angrily confronted them a day earlier.
Prosecutors in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial say they expect to rest their case on Friday.
On Thursday, prosecutors returned to the nuts and bolts of their case against the former Trump campaign chairman as they sought to show he obtained millions of dollars in bank loans under false pretenses.
Attorneys for special counsel Robert Mueller also got a rare, and narrow, acknowledgment from U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III in Alexandria, Virginia, that he likely erred when he angrily confronted them over whether he had allowed a witness to watch the trial.
Thursday’s testimony was devoid of some of the drama of recent days, when star witness Rick Gates was confronted about embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort and was forced to admit to an extramarital affair.
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