This courtroom sketch depicts Paul Manafort, fourth from right, standing with his lawyers in front of U.S. district Judge T.S. Ellis III, center rear, and the selected jury, seated left, during the jury selection of his trial at the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, July 31, 2018. A jury set to decide the fate of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Manafort was selected Tuesday, and opening statements in his tax evasion and bank fraud trial were expected in the afternoon. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)

Judge in Manafort trial brings short fuse and sharp wit

August 02, 2018 - 5:50 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The judge in Paul Manafort's financial-fraud trial isn't one to put up with meandering lawyers.

Judge T.S. Ellis has gone after prosecutors several times this week for making much of Manafort's lavish lifestyle. Manafort is President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.

The judge says it's no crime to be rich in America.

Privately, lawyers who have appeared before Ellis say he likes to be seen as the smartest person in the courtroom — not a huge leap for a judge.

Ellis is trying a case that centers on the Manafort's work for wealthy Ukrainians and whether he fraudulently hid millions in income. It stems from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

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