Prosecutors Ask Manafort Trial Judge To Correct Earlier Statement

ALEXANDRIA, VA - JULY 23:  The Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse where the trial of USA vs. Manafort will start on July 25th, on July 23, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller are asking the judge overseeing the fraud trial of Paul Manafort to correct an earlier statement.

On Thursday, prosecutors questioned a loan officer for Citizen’s Bank of New York, asking about Manafort’s 2016 loan application that the bank rejected. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III interjected: “You might want to spend time on a loan that was granted.”

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

Ellis has yet to comment on the motion.

A day earlier, the judge acknowledged that he likely erred when he angrily confronted them a day earlier.

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