This Aug. 7, 2018 courtroom sketch depicts Rick Gates, right, testifying during questioning in the bank fraud and tax evasion trial of Paul Manafort at federal court in Alexandria, Va. The judge is T.S. Elliot III.
Ellis said he will not release the transcript of one sidebar conference that relates to an ongoing investigation, but did say that after the trial ends he will unseal transcripts related to the administration of the jury.
Manafort is being prosecuted by members of the team of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller is investigating possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump in the inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and possible collusion by members of Trump’s campaign with that Kremlin-backed effort.
Trump has adamantly denied any wrongdoing.
The case against Manafort relates to income he earned while working for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine, before he became involved in the Trump campaign. Manafort is also accused of lying to banks in requests for loans, which prosecutors claim he obtained to continue funding his lavish Travel after income from the Ukrainian party dried up.
Shortly after Ellis said he would not disclose their names, jurors sent out a note to the judge, asking to be allowed to end their deliberations at 5 p.m., because one of the jurors has a social engagement.
Ellis plans to reconvene court at 4:50 p.m. to ask jurors what time they want to resume deliberations Monday.
Source : CNBC