Manafort is the case, assess, warn Müller-team, you can’t prove a conspiracy without star witnesses

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Judge criticises Müller team in Manafort test version

Manafort negotiations says the judge, a conspiracy cannot be proved without the testimony of Gates. Peter Doocy reports.

The Federal judge in the trial against ex-trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort told Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the team on Thursday that they can not prove, an important part of your case, unless prosecutors call Manafort, a former business partner on the stand.

US District Court judge T. S. Ellis III issued the warning after prosecutors suggested Wednesday that Rick Gates, who cooperates with the Prosecutor’s office and was considered a potential star witness may not be called to the stand, after all.

Referencing gates, Ellis, prosecutors said in court she “can’t prove a conspiracy without him.”

“Not necessarily,” Mueller attorney Greg Andres responds, before she said she had “every intention of the” call-Gates.

Ellis, a 78-year-old Reagan-appointed judge, known for the colorful comments, too, quipped that “his wife deceive” by opening to leave the persecution of comments on Wednesday on the possibility of not gates call — suggesting he believed the prosecution was serious about the possibility.


During opening arguments this week, the team of defence made it clear, you want to blame Gates, the handles some day-to-day business activities for Manafort, for many of the alleged reporting deficiencies Manafort.

Manafort, with a view to the bank’s fees and the tax evasion in connection with his work in the Ukraine, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Before the jury entered the courtroom on Thursday, there was renewed discussion about whether the images could be submitted by Manafort clothes and expensive purchases during the trial period. Ellis repeated that he would not allow the Prosecutor’s office with “gilding the Lily.”

“It could suggests be relevant, if there is a dispute, what was the money spent,” Ellis, what on it, there is no dispute in this time.

Manafort is an accountant, Heather Washkuhn, also testified on Thursday that they had no knowledge, Manafort, had all the foreign investments.

When asked by Prosecutor Greg Andres, if that would be important for you to know, Washkuhn replied: “Yes.”

Washkuhn, also said her company calculated Manafort over $100,000 per year, and so she went to the gates, if they could not reach, Manafort.

Prosecutors presented a variety of exhibits and several witnesses to paint the as part of your effort are in the process of the call, Manafort, how to report a tax scofflaw who has failed the money for luxury goods spending to get — then lied to bank loans, when its foreign consulting work dried up.

But the Müller team was dismissed by Ellis on Wednesday, when it tried for the first time photos of Manafort to introduce the cabinets, filled with suits and other high-end article of clothing. Ellis noticed that the photos look, finally, fodder for the media, and called it “unnecessary” for the jury.

“Enough is enough. We do not condemn people, because he said a lot of money and you throw it”.

Between the regular disputes with the judge, a new batch of witnesses was on the stand on Thursday.

Michael Regolizio of New Leaf landscaping business, testified that his business was paid more than $ 400,000 between 2010 and 2014 for the landscaping work at Manafort’s house in Bridgehampton. Regolizio Manafort payment by cheque or international Bank transfer from overseas said.

The study was expected to last three weeks. But Ellis courtroom surprised late Wednesday, when he said, “I am the end of hope, in this case, but much sooner than anyone predicted.”

Fox News’ Peter Doocy, Jake Gibson and Gregg Re, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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