MUELLER'S EXCUSES: Manafort Judge DELAYS Testimony After Special Counsel COMPLAINS

Paul Manafort's associate says 'hundreds' of emails prove former Trump campaign chief directed fraud

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III interjected: "You might want to spend time on a loan that was granted".

The United States of America, by and through Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III, hereby moves for a curative instruction, at the beginning of proceedings on August 9, 2018, correcting the court's erroneous admonishment of government counsel in front of the jury on August 8, 2018. Thursday morning Ellis said he may have been wrong, and that in any case, it should have no bearing on the outcome of Manafort's trial.

They have argued Manafort disguised millions in income in offshore accounts, lied to banks and evaded taxes, which allegedly allowed him to purchase a luxurious life.

Early Friday, prosecutors said Ellis' crack "misrepresents the law" regarding bank conspiracy and "is likely to confuse the jury".

Calk called Raico on November 11, 2016, Raico testified, and told Raico that he hadn't heard from Manafort in a couple of days and that he thought that he would "possibly be up for some role" in the Trump administration. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. But on Thursday, Ellis told jurors he went overboard when he erupted at prosecutors a day earlier for allowing an expert witness to remain in the courtroom during the trial.

"This robe doesn't make me anything other than human", Ellis said.

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

He reiterated to the jury the importance of not discussing the case with anyone, reminding them that Manafort has "a presumption of innocence" and to "keep an open mind until all the evidence is in", Politico reported.

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And then, Ellis instructed Mueller team to try and focus their questions, before joking prosecutors aren't familiar with their own exhibits after they asked for a minute to pull out a piece of paper.

The filing marked the second time that federal prosecutors have requested Ellis issue a corrective statement during the trial.

Ellis has a reputation for making colorful comments - and being tough on the prosecution.

Earlier this week, Ellis seemed to accuse Greg Andres, the prosecutor, of crying in his courtroom. But I want you to remember don't do that again. "In fact, there's tears in your eyes right now", Ellis said Monday, according to a Bloomberg-obtained transcript.

After Mueller's team pushed back on the judge's claims, Ellis said, "Maybe I made a mistake".

Gates has been the government's star witness in Manafort's financial fraud trial, testifying how, at the behest of his longtime boss, he helped hide millions of dollars in foreign income and submitted fake mortgage and tax documents.

Friday's unexplained delay has sparked speculation among observers that there could be discussions about a potential plea deal.

The recess comes as prosecutors are preparing to finish their case Friday.

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