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  • Manafort Jury asks Judge to define reasonable doubt (Twitter)

    08/16/2018 2:36:35 PM PDT · by sitetest · 144 replies
    Twitter ^ | 8/16/2016 | David S. Joachim
    Verified account @davidjoachim Follow Follow @davidjoachim More David S. Joachim Retweeted David S. Joachim *MANAFORT JURY ASKS JUDGE TO REDEFINE `REASONABLE DOUBT' David S. Joachim added, David S. Joachim Verified account @davidjoachim Breaking via @TheTerminal: *MANAFORT JURY ASKS QUESTION OVER FBAR FILING *MANAFORT JUDGE TELLS JURY TO RELY ON COLLECTIVE EVIDENCE *MANAFORT JURY ASKS ABOUT DEFINITION OF SHELF COMPANY… 2:15 PM - 16 Aug 2018
  • Risking It All: Manafort Rests Defense Without Calling Witnesses, Presenting Evidence

    08/14/2018 11:21:43 AM PDT · by detective · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/14/2018 | Kevin Daley
    Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will not call witnesses or present evidence, resting their defense early Tuesday afternoon in the first criminal trial arising from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. By resting the defense without presenting a case, Manafort lawyers are effectively telling the jury that the prosecution has clearly failed to meet its burden. This tactic is common during criminal trials. Speaking on Fox News Tuesday, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy speculated that the defense was so satisfied with its cross-examination of onetime Manafort confidant Rick Gates that...
  • Manafort attorneys opt to skip defense, proceed to closing arguments

    08/14/2018 9:08:06 AM PDT · by Coronal · 106 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 14, 2018 | Katherine Faulders and Trish Turner
    Attorneys for Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman who is on trial for financial crimes in federal district court Alexandria, Virginia, will not present a defense of their client, ABC News has learned. Government prosecutors from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office rested their case on Monday, so without a defense, the jury is expected to begin deliberations following closing arguments.
  • Prosecution rests case against Paul Manafort

    08/13/2018 2:14:06 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 13, 2018
    Prosecutors rested their case against Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, in his fraud trial on Monday.
  • Manafort trial is complicated but Americans need to know this

    08/11/2018 2:42:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 11, 2018 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    The first two weeks of the trial of former Donald Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort on 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud charges have failed to implicate Trump or his campaign in any alleged criminal conduct. Prosecutors working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller – who is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election – are expected to call their final witness Monday at Manafort’s trial in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. If convicted on all counts, Manafort could face a maximum sentence of 305 years in prison. So far we’ve learned that the prosecution’s star...
  • Unexplained delay puts Manafort trial behind schedule heading into third week

    08/11/2018 6:58:42 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/11/18 | Olivia Beavers
    An unexplained delay Friday in the criminal trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort put court proceedings behind schedule as the case extends into its third week. Prosecutors were planning to call their final witness on Friday, but lengthy discussions between Judge T.S. Ellis III and attorneys from both sides during the morning hours pushed back witness testimony for the day into the afternoon. Neither the jury nor courtroom attendees were privy to the nature of the talks, and Ellis gave no explanation once the trial resumed, prompting speculation ranging from a possible plea deal to restricting testimony from...
  • Mueller team files complaint against Manafort trial judge over latest reprimand

    08/10/2018 6:41:41 PM PDT · by onyx · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 10, 2018 | By Alex Pappas, Peter Doocy | Fox News
    After days of being dressed down by the judge overseeing the Paul Manafort case, federal prosecutors sought Thursday to put their foot down -- filing a motion complaining that Judge T.S. Ellis III had unfairly admonished them in front of the jury. Ellis has memorably and repeatedly criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team during the trial for the former Trump campaign chairman. On Wednesday, Ellis ripped into prosecutors for letting a witness, IRS Agent Michael Welsh, sit in the courtroom before his testimony. But in a five-page motion filed Thursday, Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann and other attorneys on the team...
  • Poll: 63% of Dems Don’t Know Manafort Isn’t on Trial for ‘Collusion with Russia’

    08/10/2018 3:35:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 10, 2018 | 9:09 AM EDT | Craig Bannister
    A majority of U.S. adults do not know that Paul Manafort is not on trial for “collusion with Russia,” a new poll by The Economist/YouGov Poll reveals. […] Democrats were the most likely (29%) to erroneously think that Manafort is on trial for collusion with Russia, compared to 17% of Independents and 13% of Republicans. In all, 20% of survey respondents cited “collusion.” Another 41% of those surveyed said they were “not sure” what charges Manafort is facing. When those who weren’t sure are added in, 63% of Democrats, 66% of Independents, and 61% of all respondents did not know...
  • Mystery recess triggers speculation in Manafort trial

    08/10/2018 1:50:23 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/10/18 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    Paul Manafort’s criminal trial on bank and tax fraud charges was held up for several hours on Friday as the federal judge presiding over the case repeatedly met with federal prosecutors and Manafort’s defense attorneys. Judge T.S. Ellis III, who has otherwise placed a priority on the trial moving quickly, pushed the start of witness testimony in the trial until Friday afternoon, according to multiple media reports. Ellis began the day by holding a bench conference with attorneys from both sides before the jury was called into the courtroom, and held a second conference before leaving the room “to consider...
  • Judge in Manafort case calls extended recess

    08/10/2018 9:15:24 AM PDT · by Repealthe17thAmendment · 73 replies
    Yahoo ^ | August 10, 2018 | Associated Press
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the bank fraud and tax evasion trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (all times local): 10:50 a.m. The judge in Paul Manafort's trial has called a recess without explanation. 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...
  • The Special Counsel Files A Complaint Against Manafort Judge (Ellis)

    08/09/2018 12:21:22 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 132 replies
    Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a formal complaint against the judge presiding over Paul Manafort’s tax fraud case this week; claiming T.S. Ellis III violated protocol while ruling against the prosecution’s star witness. According to Politico, Mueller’s team is increasingly frustrated with the “cranky judge” who has rebuked the special counsel’s office on multiple occasions. [T]he judge’s condescending attitude [could give] the jury the impression that the prosecution’s case is dubious “[T]he judge’s condescending attitude [could give] the jury the impression that the prosecution’s case is dubious,
  • Manafort trial Judge TS Ellis taunts and torments Mueller team: 'Tears in your eyes'

    08/08/2018 7:47:01 PM PDT · by familyop · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 8, 2018 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Anne Ball, Peter Doocy, Jake Gibson and Alex Pappas
    Ellis had rebuked Andres for not looking at him while he was talking. "Look at me! Don’t look down," Ellis said. When Andres said he was looking at a document, Ellis said "that’s B.S." And on Wednesday, Ellis chastised Andres again for how he speaks to him. At one point, Andres responded with a simple "yea." "Be careful about that, this is not an informal proceeding," Ellis warned.
  • Manafort prosecutors, Judge Ellis engage in 10-minute courtroom spat

    08/08/2018 9:58:07 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/7/2018 | Serafin Gómez and Matt Richardson
    LEXANDRIA, Va. – After jurors were dismissed Monday in the Paul Manafort trial Monday, the federal judge overseeing the case and prosecutors trying the former Trump campaign chairman got into an extended verbal debate -- lasting about 10 minutes -- over the merits of the prosecution, the length of the case and even the eye contact of prosecutor Greg Andres. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III specifically pushed Andres on why the prosecution was moving slowly with Rick Gates – the former Manafort business partner who testified on Monday – and specifically to describe the link between wealthy Ukrainian politicos...
  • Manafort and Feinstein's China Spy: There's more Evidence of Her Collusion than there is for Trump

    08/08/2018 8:04:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/08/2018 | By Daniel John Sobieski
    Paul Manafort stands trial in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's dock for a tax evasion case that the Department of Justice in 2005 decided there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute for no other reason than he later worked for Donald Trump. Perhaps now he wishes he had been the office manager for California senator Dianne Feinstein (D), who hired a Chinese spy to be her driver and office manager, for there seems to be a double standard here when it comes to working with agents for a foreign power. There is no evidence or even a suggestion that Feinstein was colluding...
  • Judge Ellis Brings Mueller’s Prosecutor to Tears in Courtroom Showdown

    08/07/2018 1:19:14 PM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    It looks like Mueller’s prosecutors can’t take the heat. Rick Gates, Paul Manafort’s former business associate took the witness stand Monday afternoon in the bank fraud and tax evasion case against Manafort.
  • Manafort trial judge suggests prosecutor so ‘frustrated’ he’s tearing up

    08/07/2018 6:47:28 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/07/18 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    The judge in Paul Manafort’s trial suggested to a prosecutor for special counsel Robert Mueller that he is “so frustrated” that there were tears in his eyes. Bloomberg reported that U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III made the comment to prosecutor Greg Andres during a discussion out of earshot of the jury and members of the media. “I understand how frustrated you are,” Ellis said. “In fact, there’s tears in your eyes right now.’’ Andres disputed Ellis’s statement, to which the judge replied, “Well, they’re watery.” Tensions have broken out between the prosecutors and Ellis throughout the trial: The judge...
  • Gates testifies that he stole from former Trump campaign chairman Manafort

    08/06/2018 4:05:37 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6 Aug 2018
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates testified on Monday that he stole money from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is on trial for tax and bank fraud. Gates, a former business partner of Manafort’s, also testified that Manafort had asked him to omit information in a court deposition regarding a private equity fund.
  • Gates testifies he committed crimes while working with Manafort

    08/06/2018 2:15:35 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/06/18 | Brett Samuels
    Rick Gates took the stand in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s trial on Monday, where he testified that the two men committed crimes while working together. Gates, a longtime business associate of Manafort's, was indicted on fraud charges in October, but later pleaded guilty to reduced charges as part of a plea deal. According to multiple news outlets, Gates was asked on Monday if he was involved in criminal activity when working with Manafort. “Yes,” Gates reportedly responded. “Did you commit a crime?” the prosecution asked. “Yes,” Gates replied again. Manafort is on trial in Virginia for various financial...
  • The Latest: Gates Called to Testify at Manafort Trial

    08/06/2018 1:45:26 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 46 replies ^ | 08/06/2018 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    4:21 p.m. Paul Manafort's longtime deputy has been called to the witness stand to testify against the former Trump campaign chairman. Rick Gates has been regarded as a crucial government witness ever since he pleaded guilty last year and agreed to cooperate in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Prosecutors will turn to Gates for first-hand support of their accusations that Manafort concealed millions of dollars in foreign income and later lied when he applied for bank loans. Manafort's defense has sought to blame Gates for any illegal conduct and accused him of embezzling millions of dollars. Gates and Manafort worked...
  • Key witness to testify Monday in Manafort trial (Richard Gates)

    08/06/2018 12:37:32 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/06/18 | Emily Birnbaum
    Former Trump campaign adviser Richard Gates is scheduled to testify Monday against his longtime business partner, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. NBC News reported that Gates, considered the prosecution's star witness, is slated to testify late Monday afternoon in federal court in Alexandria, Va. Prosecutors last week said they had "every intention" of bringing Gates to the stand after Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye initially cast doubt on whether he would testify. Gates pleaded guilty in February as part of a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller. He was charged with one count of conspiracy against the U.S. and one...