Judge Loses Patience with Prosecutors on the Second Day of Manafort’s Trial


The DoJ/FBI have been focusing on Paul Manafort for 11 years, but did not warn then-candidate Trump that he was under investigation before he hired him. Why? Because it’s a witch hunt?

The Manafort trial is in its second day. The prosecutor is vicious and the judge is fed up with his prejudicial terms and presentations.

Paul Manafort has been treated harshly since day one, especially given the fact that he has never been convicted of anything. It’s been brutal since the raids on Manafort’s home and office.


The treatment the agency has afforded Paul Manafort, Trump’s short-lived campaign manager, and his family to date would perhaps be appropriate for a serial killer, not for a person potentially guilty of bank fraud and tax evasion.

The FBI requested and received a warrant, allegedly because they didn’t trust Manafort to turn over all documents. Others believe it was to put undue pressure on Manafort to turn state’s evidence.

As Paul Manafort and his wife lay in bed in the pre-dawn hours, FBI agents entered with guns drawn and insisted on searching Kathleen Manafort in her nightgown for weapons. They claim they knocked twice and then used a key.

The FBI already had the evidence they gathered during the raid according to the media.

In August, 2017, The Washington Post wrote:

The documents seized in the raid include materials Manafort already had provided to Congress, said people familiar with the search, and the significance of what was obtained remained unclear Wednesday evening.

“If the FBI wanted the documents, they could just ask [Manafort] and he would have turned them over,” said one adviser close to the White House.

Judge Ellis, who is overseeing the Northern Virginia trial, believes it’s all about pressuring Manafort to rat out the President even if Manafort has to make up a story.


It’s the second day of the Manafort trial and the judge is losing patience. The prosecutors want to prejudice the jury by referring to the wealthy Ukrainians as ‘Oligarchs’. As he said, Soros and the Koch brothers could be called oligarchs. From Fox News:

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III specifically told prosecutors to stop using the word “oligarch” to describe wealthy Ukrainians, whose dealings with Manafort are at the heart of the fraud charges he faces in northern Virginia federal court.

The judge said the term has a “pejorative” meaning and is not relevant in this case. Further, he cautioned that using it could suggest Manafort is associated with bad people – and guilty by association.

“It’s not the American way,” the judge said. He noted that wealthy donors like George Soros or the Koch brothers also could be considered oligarchs.

The judge was fed up with their demonizing Manafort because he lived well and spent well. He wants the prosecutors to go to the crime and stop prejudicing the jury with the hate-rich spiel. Fox News reports:

The Mueller team was later rebuffed again by Ellis when they tried to introduce photos that eventually would become public of Manafort’s closets filled with suits and high-end clothing.

While it’s part of their effort to paint Manafort as a tax scofflaw who spent big on luxury items, Ellis would not allow the photos for now.

“Enough is enough. We don’t convict people because they have a lot of money and throw it around,” he said.

The judge said the photos would seem “unnecessary, irrelevant” and potentially “prejudicial.” Further, he reminded the lawyers that Manafort “is not on trial for having a lavish lifestyle, but for not reporting income on his taxes.”

Actor James Woods handled it well.


Ellis has scolded members of Mueller’s team before, asserting back in May that the team was really interested in targeting President Trump.


President Trump weighed in with tweets today. He reminded the public that Paul Manafort worked for highly respected officials. The President feels Manafort is being treated like Al Capone. He asks the question, “Where is the Russian Collusion?”

Trump also mentioned the obvious — Hillary is the smoking gun.

We have a two-tiered justice system in this country. It’s obvious. Rudy Giuliani said today that Mueller should put up or shut up.

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Ray Hardy
Ray Hardy
5 years ago

Mueller is going to have this case rammed down his throat and kicked out. I can feel Judge Ellis beginning to have less and less patience as time passes with these stupid maneuvers of the Mueller team. Not only does Mueller have nothing but living in hope for something – he has nothing and he knows he has nothing.

5 years ago

Flotmorton P. G., you are 100% right! I shudder to think about our future, when the democraps get back into the white house.

Dave Hunter
Dave Hunter
5 years ago

The prosecution must have a very weak case indeed, which tracks with the fact that the DOJ has investigated Manafort for years and never saw fit to charge him. Why put a building contractor on the stand? Why try to introduce photos of the man’s clothes closet? #Muellerhasnothing.

herbert r richmond
herbert r richmond
5 years ago

What a mess!!

Flotmorton P Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P Gildersleeve
5 years ago

If the people do not wake up and realize that this scam was put together long ago when Obama got another court to override the federal court’s decision not to allow the snoopin’ and poopin’ of Americans’ private affairs which led to the illegal FISA Warrants based upon FELONY PERJURY BY Comey, RosenstAin and others,, this country will in fact have succumbed to the plans by the Reichsfurher, Osama Obama to turn this country into a “FUHRER” Land. Obama has planned for and has initiated a RACE war, when there was no basis for it, except the long held HATRED of a “BUNCH OF CHICAGO THUGS”, ( AS DESCRIBED BY THE WIFE OF OBAMA’S FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, former U.S. Marine Corps Commandant, Jim Jones.). When the Dems win back the presidency you will see the borders opened wide to African Immigrants without any controls and the U.S. Mexican border is just the “test case”. If you think that the human feces on the “Streets of San Francisco” is a problem, well, hell, Friends, …”YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET”
[[WHAT ROSENSTaIN, COMEY, LYNCH, AND OTHERS DID WAS FELONY PERJURY, (Violation of 18 U.S.C. Sections 1621 & 1001a), it was not just a hand slapping offense, and it was/is part of a huge, conspiracy to destroy this Democratic Republic……Is anyone out there awake?