Manafort judge delays testimony for hours, without explanation

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Müller team files complaints against Manafort judge

Prosecutors fight back against allegedly unfair treatment by judge T. S. Ellis, III; Peter Doocy reports on the complaints.

Judge T. S. Ellis III mysteriously delayed testimony in the case of ex-trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort for five hours on Friday, pushing off today’s proceedings, the prosecutors again complained about his criticism of them.

To start later on Friday afternoon, hours after the initiation of the procedure have been adopted, Ellis gaveled, and called the next witness on the stand. He did not explain the delay.

The shift was large, as prosecutors had hoped to finish to witness the Friday call, and Ellis has moved a reputation as a stickler for the storage of studies.

It is not clear whether the delay was connected to the action brought by the Special Counsel, Robert Müller the team. Earlier, Ellis empatischem the jury be reminded that you refrain from talking about the case with others, is fuelling speculation that the delay could be related, instead of juror problems.

Ellis, meanwhile, is not on the Müller-team movement is, either, if the process continued.


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In the motion Friday morning filed, they accused the judge wrongly criticize you in court, say it is possible his recent comments could “confuse and mislead the jury.”

Müller Deputy, Andrew Weissmann and the other lawyers pointed out to the team, such as Ellis made negative comments this week about the focus on a credit Manafort requested, but not received.

“You might want to spend time on a loan that was granted,” Ellis said in court on Thursday.

The prosecutors, on motion, asked Ellis to withdraw his comment, saying that it “pretends to be the law in relation to bank-fraud conspiracy” and “incorrectly conveyed to the court the opinion of the facts, and is likely to confuse and mislead the jury.”


Manafort is a tax-and bank-accused of fraud with millions, the result of the political work in the Ukraine. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On Friday, Dennis Raico, the Chicago-based Federal Savings bank testified, under immunity. Raico said one of his bosses, CEO Stephen lime, found great you in the Manafort loans and was instrumental in the credit approved. Lime, Raico said, was interested in a Cabinet position in the trump administration.

On Thursday, Ellis expressed his regret, after prosecutors filed a similar motion to complain Ellis unfairly reprimanded you in front of the jury so that a witness sitting in the courtroom before his testimony.

“This robe does not make me something other than human,” Ellis said.

The truce between the judge and the prosecutors, though, did not last long.

Hours later, when the Prosecutor tried to introduce an exhibition that was dozens of pages long, Ellis interjected: “It might be a kind soul in the jury thinks that you need to scroll through all of these things — and that’s not true.”

And then, Ellis the Miller team showed to try and focus your questions, before joking prosecutors are not familiar with their own exhibits, after she asked for a minute, pull out a piece of paper.

Ellis has a reputation for the manufacturing of colorful comments and hard in the pursuit of

On Wednesday, Ellis said he would not reveal the questions of the defense, how much information he requested from the Prosecutor because “it is a bit like poker-you don’t have to show your hand until you are called.”

“Something like that, I’m not a poker player,” Ellis said.

Earlier this week, Ellis Greg Andres, the Prosecutor, the crying in his courtroom seemed to be to blame.

“I understand how frustrated you are. In fact, there are tears in the eyes, right now,” Ellis said on Monday, according to a Bloomberg-get transcript.

If Andres Ellis’ allegation that the said judge refused, “Well, they are too watery.”

Earlier this week, the public prosecution, the star witness, Rick Gates – who struck a plea deal to cooperate with the government, testified that he and Manafort required bank and tax fraud.

The prosecution had been expected to wrap up its case by Friday afternoon. It is unclear, as on Friday, the delay will affect that.

Fox News’ Anne Ball and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.


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

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