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Manafort prosecutors, Judge Ellis engage in 10-minute courtroom spat

Manafort prosecutors, Judge Ellis engage in 10-minute courtroom spat | 06 Aug 2018 | 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 and Manafort. Ellis argued that the connection was not the basis of the case. "What matters are the allegations that he made money from them and didn't report it," Ellis said. "You don't need to throw mud at these people."