Prosecutors of Paul Manafort force the apology of the judge who has intimidated them during the fraud trial

Apology: Judge T.S. Ellis III told the jury:

Apology: Judge T.S. Ellis III told the jury: "Put aside these criticisms, I was probably wrong," after prosecutors complained that an outbreak on Wednesday could have harmed the case.

Paul Manafort told his son-in-law to lie about living in a luxurious Manhattan loft he was renting on Airbnb to convince a bank to grant him a $ 3.4 million loan, prosecutors said Thursday.

The development came when the prosecution won a rare victory over Judge T.S. Ellis III, who admitted he was wrong to reprimand them Wednesday in one of the beatings that have become a hallmark of the trial.

He told the jury to "put aside these criticisms." I was probably wrong "after Robert Mueller's prosecutors filed a formal complaint about the intervention.

Prosecutors at the Trump campaign's former fraud trial revealed on Thursday an e-mail that he sent to his son-in-law Jeff Yohai, warning him that an independent appraiser wanted confirmation that the condo at 29 Howard St was a residence.

– Remember, he thinks that you and Jessica are living there. Let me know when you have organized it, "Manafort wrote in January 2016, referring to his daughter Jessica, who was married to Yohai at the time.

The supposed disappointment meant that Manafort, 69, was able to obtain a mortgage refinance loan from Citizens Bank that was more than three times the maximum of $ 1 million offered in rental properties.

Peggy Miceli, vice president of insurance underwriting at Citizens Bank, told the federal court jury in Alexandria, Virginia, that the bank's rules are much stricter when people try to obtain refinancing loans for investment properties.

The maximum rental loan is capped at $ 1 million, less than a third of the $ 3.4 that Manafort could claim by claiming that Howard Pad was a second home for him and his wife.

"It's a higher risk loan because you do not live there," he said. "The bank's policy is that they limit the loan amount, they limit it to $ 1 million.

In another email to a colleague revealed in today's proceedings, Miceli had revealed doubts about the Manafort funds, writing, "the business did not have the liquidity to dispense these," before saying goodbye with a sad-faced emoji.

However, she told the court that she finally signed the application after receiving a document from the veteran lobbyist's accountant stating that a $ 1.5 million loan from Peranova Holdings Ltd. had been forgiven.

Miceli said he would have asked for more evidence, however, if he knew that the entity known as Peranova was actually controlled by Manafort himself.

Also showing evidence on Thursday was Darin Evenson, head of customer experience at Airbnb, who said that the Howard St condo was listed as available to rent on the site from January 2015 through April 2016.

Family affair: Paul Manafort sent an email to his son-in-law Jeff Yahai telling him that he needed to lie to the loan appraisers that the SoHo apartment in Manafort was being used as a residence when he was actually on Airbnb.

Family affair: Paul Manafort sent an email to his son-in-law Jeff Yahai telling him that he needed to lie to the loan appraisers that the SoHo apartment in Manafort was being used as a residence when he was actually on Airbnb.

Family affair: Paul Manafort sent an email to his son-in-law Jeff Yahai telling him that he needed to lie to the loan appraisers that the SoHo apartment in Manafort was being used as a residence when he was actually on Airbnb.

Property: Paul Manafort requested a loan in the SoHo, New York apartment, in this building he owned, but prosecutors say he fraudulently said that the apartment was for his use, then placed it on AirBnB.

Property: Paul Manafort requested a loan in the SoHo, New York apartment, in this building he owned, but prosecutors say he fraudulently said that the apartment was for his use, then placed it on AirBnB.

Property: Paul Manafort requested a loan in the SoHo, New York apartment, in this building he owned, but prosecutors say he fraudulently said that the apartment was for his use, then placed it on AirBnB.

In court: Paul Manafort denies the charges for banking and tax fraud. His trial was dominated by three days of evidence from his former deputy, Rick Gates, who turned upside down and became a witness collaborator with the investigation of Robert Mueller.

In court: Paul Manafort denies the charges for banking and tax fraud. His trial was dominated by three days of evidence from his former deputy, Rick Gates, who turned upside down and became a witness collaborator with the investigation of Robert Mueller.

In court: Paul Manafort denies the charges for banking and tax fraud. His trial was dominated by three days of evidence from his former deputy, Rick Gates, who turned upside down and became a witness collaborator with the investigation of Robert Mueller.

In court: Paul Manafort denies the charges for banking and tax fraud. His trial was dominated by three days of evidence from his former deputy, Rick Gates, who turned upside down and became a witness collaborator with the investigation of Robert Mueller.

In court: Paul Manafort denies the charges for banking and tax fraud. His trial was dominated by three days of evidence from his former deputy, Rick Gates, who turned upside down and became a witness collaborator with the investigation of Robert Mueller.

The property was advertised as an amazing, full-floor loft in SoHo & # 39; with heated & radiant floors, boasting of its exclusive location with luxury stores on the doorstep of your home & # 39;

Five guests paid up to $ 16,325 to stay there for 21 nights in June 2015. On interrogation, defense attorney Jay Nanavati suggested that the luxury platform could remain a primary or second residence regardless of whether it was on Airbnb.

Evenson agreed that 73 percent of the properties listed for rent on the site are the main hosts' homes. Nanavati also asked if the luxury property was rented for just five days in 2016 and 77 days in 2015, but Evenson said he did not have the figures available.

The jurors heard that Manafort requested a second loan with Citizens Bank approximately one month after obtaining its refinancing contract of $ 3.4 million, but the new application was rejected.

The assistant loan officer, Taryn Rodriguez, said she applied for a $ 5.5 million construction loan on the Union St property in Brooklyn.

RARE DISCUSSION TO THE DULY JUDGE'S MUELLER TEAM

Lawyers for Robert Mueller's special advisers office were perplexed Wednesday night after the US District Judge. UU T.S. Ellis III criticized them for allowing a key expert to observe the procedure before giving their evidence.

But after investigating the transcripts of the first days of the trial, they discovered that Ellis had given IRS agent Michael Welch permission to sit in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

Welch was able to testify that Manafort did not report $ 16 million in his tax returns between 2010 and 2014, but prosecutors filed a complaint saying that the judge's outburst could have unfairly harmed the jurors.

Ellis, who has been in the news eight days of trial for colliding with prosecutors on the pace and merits of his case, began the day reluctantly agreeing that they were right.

"Put these criticisms aside, I was probably wrong," said Ellis, 78, a man appointed by Ronald Reagan who has been on the bench for 31 years and has a reputation for toughness in court.

"This robe does not make me more than human," he added. & # 39; Any criticism of the lawyer should be left aside. It has nothing to do with this case & # 39;

Ellis also harangued prosecutors over whether the jury needed to see a series of complex flow charts prepared by FBI accountant Morgan Magionos when the figures had already been explained to them.

When another government lawyer, Greg Andres, complained that Magionos had spent a lot of time with them, Ellis replied, "Look, it's not relevant that he spent his life doing it."

He also yelled at Andres a day earlier for not looking at him or addressing him formally before teasing him by making fun of him for allegedly crying. & # 39; Look at me! Do not look down, "he shouted at Andres, who said he was trying to read a document, an explanation that the veteran judge ridiculed as" B.S. "

I understand how frustrated you are. In fact, there are tears in your eyes right now, "he snapped.

Even before the trial began, Ellis established the law by prohibiting the prosecution from making almost any reference to the Trump campaign.

He also forbade them to use the term & # 39; oligarch & # 39; to describe the wealthy Ukrainian businessmen who paid Manafort for their political consultancy work, arguing that the description is pejorative & # 39 ;.

Ellis also lashed out at prosecutors for analyzing Manafort's excessive spending habits, and told the court on the first day of the trial: "It's not a crime to have a lot of money and be wasteful in your expenses."

A similar reprimand occurred when the prosecution tried to publish photographs of Manafort's memory suits on television screens in court.

"The government does not want to prosecute someone because they wear good clothes, right?" Ellis said sharply.

The documentation from the previous application described it as free of mortgages, but when Rodriguez searched the public records database owned by ACRIS of New York, he noticed that there was a mortgage on the house.

"I do not remember the exact amount, but it was in millions," he told the court, revealing that the new loan application was later rejected.

However, the court heard that Manafort was able to obtain a second loan of $ 1 million in May 2016 from the Bank of California.

Vice President Gary Seferian said Manafort initially asked for $ 5 million, but was offered a fifth when they discovered that a $ 25 million property in Bridgehampton, New York, which he initially claimed was his, in fact belonged to his wife Kathleen.

Seferian told the court that Manafort had not disclosed the $ 3.4 million loan he had just obtained from Citizens Bank.

Prosecutor Uzo Asonye revealed two financial documents next to the court, one showing the business of DMP International of Manafort with a net income of $ 4.4 million and another with a net income of only $ 400,000.

The court had already heard in the previous testimony of Rick Gates that Manafort allegedly ordered him to falsify these profit and loss accounts so that the veteran lobbyist could claim sufficient income to secure the loan.

When asked if Manafort would have qualified for the loan if he had known the true figures, Seferian said: "I do not think so."

Pressed by prosecutors about what he would have done if he had suspected fraud, the bank executive added: "I would have stopped the request and talked to my legal department."

Melinda James, a mortgage loan assistant at Citizens Bank, told how Manafort tricked her colleagues into agreeing a $ 3.4 million mortgage refinance loan on a New York condo.

James said Manafort and his former assistant, prosecution witness Rick Gates, testified in emails and provided documents indicating it was a second home instead of an investment property.

But when he searched the Howard St real estate website, Manhattan in New York, StreetEasy, he realized that "it was for sale," he told the court.

Prosecutor Uzo Asonye said that a previous 2015 tax return confirmed that Manafort had earned about $ 100,000 in rental income on the property in the trendy Soho neighborhood.

However, Manafort told the Citizens Bank that he and his wife Kathleen lived there as "secondary residents" & # 39; next to his daughter Jessica and now his son-in-law Yohai.

James also testified that Manafort told him that another townhouse, 377 Union Street in the luxurious Carroll Gardens of Brooklyn, was "free and clear" mortgage & # 39; and yet when he looked for insurance documents he found that he was subject to a $ 5.3 million loan.

The court heard that when he raised his concerns to his boss, Gates sent him an email, copying in Manafort, insisting that there was no mortgage, simply offers they had not accepted, and attaching insurance documents that reflected the correct information.

On March 4, 2016, Manafort assisted in the closing of the loan in person, as required by law, affirming again the false information even though the notice in the contract warned that it was a crime to lie. When asked why the alleged deception was significant, James told the court that he could have altered his decision to lend him money.

"The subscriber needs a clear picture of all the borrower's monthly debts to make a decision," he said.

While the defense was preparing to question him, there was another exchange between Judge Ellis and Asonye when he stood up to oppose a defense motion by presenting one of his own evidence against him.

Arrival: Paul Manafort's wife, Kathleen (center), has been present in court during the entire trial

Arrival: Paul Manafort's wife, Kathleen (center), has been present in court during the entire trial

Arrival: Paul Manafort's wife, Kathleen (center), has been present in court during the entire trial

& # 39; Sit down Mr. Asonye. I'll go with you, I promise, "barked the educated judge at Princeton, Harvard and Oxford." Interrupt the speaker and interrupt me. "

However, it softened his tone a little and provoked laughter in the public gallery when he added: "You have to be patient, me too".

Manafort is accused of not paying taxes on 16.4 million dollars he did working for a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine between 2006 and 2015. Prosecutors say he hid his huge profits by sending the money to foreign corporations and then sent to him. loans.

They allege that Manafort channeled $ 30 million through a complex network of offshore bank accounts while splashing undeclared cash on luxury goods and items, including a $ 21,000 watch and a "$ 15,000 custom jacket made of an ostrich."

The 69-year-old defendant is also accused of lying to the banks about his income and debts to fraudulently secure $ 26 million worth of loans.

Manafort was the president of the Trump campaign from March to August 2016 and was present at the now famous Trump Tower, where Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have incriminating information about Hillary Clinton.

But while this is the first trial that emerges from Mueller's investigation into the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 US elections, prosecutors have not mentioned Russian interference at all.

His case only briefly mentioned the links of the Trump de Manafort campaign when it was alleged that he recommended his banker, Steve Calk, to a senior position in the Pentagon after obtaining a loan of $ 16 million.

Not clear: the property of Paul Manafort in the luxurious Carroll Gardens of Brooklyn was also involved in his fraud, the court heard. Falsely he said he was free of mortgages when he was not

Not clear: the property of Paul Manafort in the luxurious Carroll Gardens of Brooklyn was also involved in his fraud, the court heard. Falsely he said he was free of mortgages when he was not

Not clear: the property of Paul Manafort in the luxurious Carroll Gardens of Brooklyn was also involved in his fraud, the court heard. Falsely he said he was free of mortgages when he was not

The court heard that Manafort also tried to get tickets for Calk, founder and CEO of The Federal Savings Bank of Chicago, and tickets for his son to the inauguration of Trump.

The prosecution's case will depend largely on the credibility of his former business partner Gates, now the star witness of the prosecution who concluded his testimony on Wednesday.

Gates, 46, reached an agreement with the prosecution in February, admitting two counts of conspiracy and lying to the FBI in exchange for telling prosecutors how they hid their great fortune in the Ukraine.

In ten hours of testimony earlier this week, Gates told the jury of six women and six men with forensic details how the pair hid their income in foreign bank accounts to evade federal taxes.

He also described how Manafort manipulated a 2016 profit and loss statement to change a loss of $ 638,000 to a multimillion-dollar gain that Gates then used in a bank to secure a loan.

Manafort's lawyers responded by attacking Gates Married as a serial thief and adulterer who embezzled money from Manafort's accounts abroad to lead a "secret life."

They told the court that he stole millions over the years to finance his luxurious jet-set lifestyle and secret lovers, and then committed fiscal and banking fraud under the name of Manafort to cover up his own crimes.

In the interrogation, Gates admitted to stealing "several hundred thousand dollars" from Manafort presenting false expense reports and confessed to having an extramarital affair.

But he told the jury: "I am very sorry and I take responsibility for it."

Gates was originally accused as a co-conspirator before agreeing to testify against his former friend in the hope of being lenient.

Under the terms of his agreement, which can still be revoked if it is established that he has lied under oath, Gates faces up to six years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy and lying to the FBI.

Manafort, however, has been warned by Judge Ellis that he faces the possibility of spending "the rest of his life in prison" if he is found guilty.

He denies five charges for filing false tax returns, four for not reporting bank accounts abroad, four for bank fraud and five for bank fraud conspiracy.

The charges for bank fraud have a maximum sentence of 270 years, they do not report the foreign bank accounts of a possible 20 and they present false tax returns of 15 more.

The trial continues.

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