Paul Manafort was in his second day of the Mueller probe trial in Virginia with Judge T.S. Ellis presiding.
Team Mueller spent a lot of time painting Manafort’s lavish lifestyle and the judge became weary of the tactic.
Later in the day, Judge T.S. Ellis also tired of the Mueller team using the word “oligarch”.
In a dramatic lecture, the Judge tells team Mueller, “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.”
Furthermore, Fox reports, “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.”
Then Judge Ellis put the SLAM down, as he said to the Mueller prosecutors, “It’s not the American way…he noted that wealthy donors like George Soros or the Koch brothers also could be considered oligarchs.”
Politco describes the Judge as saying, “We’re not going to have a case tried that he associated with despicable people and, therefore, he’s despicable. Oligarchy is just despotic power exercised by a privileged few,” Ellis observed.”
“Principals of high schools are oligarchs in that sense. What I want to avoid … is how you use the term oligarch to mean he was consulting and being paid by people [who] are criminals. Of course, there will be no evidence about that.”
Mueller prosecutors are shot down for a THIRD time on the second day!
Later, the Mueller team presents photographs of Manafort’s closet. Yes. His closet. As if because he has nice things, he is a criminal.
Judge Ellis draws the line again, and says, “Enough is enough. We don’t convict people because they have a lot of money and throw it around,” he said, as reports Fox News.
The trial has nothing to do with the 2016 Campaign “but rather focus on allegations that Manafort cheated on his taxes and engaged in other fraudulent activity.”