Politics Manafort Judge Criticizes Legal Teams Over Secret Filings

22:55  14 february  2018
22:55  14 february  2018 Source:   Bloomberg

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The judge overseeing the money-laundering trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said there had been too many secret filings in the Jackson made her remarks Wednesday in a pretrial hearing to review Manafort ’s bail package and legal representation for Manafort ’s

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(Bloomberg) -- The judge overseeing the money-laundering case of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said there had been too many secret filings in the high-profile criminal prosecution and that she would make several of them public.

“People are overdoing it just a little bit,” U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Wednesday, reminding the lawyers that her objective was to "include the public as much as possible." Still, several minutes later, she closed the courtroom for two hours to talk privately with prosecutors and defense lawyers.

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The judge in his case expressed puzzlement over some of the legal positions he has taken. Lawyers for Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller have turned over thousands of pages of material to Manafort and his former business partner Richard Gates, a process that prosecutors said is

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Jackson made her remarks at the start of a pretrial hearing to review Manafort’s bail package and a request by lawyers for Manafort’s co-defendant, Rick Gates, to leave the case. The judge then ordered reporters and other members of the public to leave her Washington courtroom so she could first discuss Manafort’s private financial matters, and then the withdrawal request.

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Before Jackson sealed the courtroom, prominent Washington defense lawyer Tom Green sat in the back of the room. CNN has reported that he was preparing to represent Gates. While Manafort was in the closed courtroom, the lawyer huddled in the hall with Gates, and then with his current counsel, Shanlon Wu and Walter Mack.

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The back-and-forth played out over two weeks, three hearings, and multiple filings , Chief Judge Beryl Howell said in her opinion. In it, the government alleges Manafort and Gates “repeatedly provided false information to financial bookkeepers, tax accountants, and legal counsel, among others.”

When Manafort and his lawyers left the courtroom, Green went in with Wu, Mack and Gates. After the closed-door session ended, Gates walked out with Green, while Wu and Mack left separately. Outside the courthouse, Green and Gates were seen hailing a cab.

"We’re still in the case," Wu told reporters, adding there was no change in status. Asked if Green was entering the case on behalf of Gates, Wu said only if he notifies the court.

Jackson hasn’t set a trial date, but she has said it may begin in September or October. Prosecutors have handed over at least hundreds of thousands of pages of evidence to defense lawyers, who will soon file motions to challenge the government’s case.

Manafort, who was Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman, and Gates, his deputy, are accused of failing to register as agents in the U.S. for political consulting they did for Ukraine and pro-Russian politicians there, conspiring to launder millions of dollars, and hiding offshore bank accounts. Manafort is accused of laundering money to buy houses, cars, clothes and landscaping services. Both men deny wrongdoing.

The case is U.S. v. Manafort, 17-cr-201, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

(Updates with details of hearing.)

To contact the reporters on this story: David Voreacos in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, at dvoreacos@bloomberg.net, Andrew Harris in Washington at aharris16@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Paul Cox

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