Napolitano: Judge in Manafort Trial Showing an 'Extraordinary Bias' Against the Government
'I'm not happy with this judge.'
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is not pleased with how the judge in the Paul Manafort trial has conducted himself.
Manafort, 69, faces tax evasion and bank fraud charges, as he is accused of hiding a “significant percentage” of income earned from his lobbyist work in Ukraine from the IRS. He also is accused of fraudulently obtaining millions more in bank loans, including while he was working on the Trump campaign. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III has made headlines in recent days for his clashes with the prosecutors, including pressing them on the speed and merits of the prosecution and suggesting one prosecutor was so discouraged he was crying in the courtroom.
Ellis even took aim at journalists, threatening on Monday to kick reporters out of the courtroom if they continue being “disruptive.”
"I'm not happy with this judge," Napolitano said on "The Daily Briefing" on Wednesday. "He's making too much of the case about him and he's showing an extraordinary bias against the government."
He said if Ellis feels that negatively about the prosecution, then he should keep those feelings to himself or he shouldn't be on the case.
"The jury can't be happy with this judge because of the snide, snarky comments," Napolitano said.
See more from the judge in the clip above, including his thoughts on the testimony of Rick Gates, a former business partner of Manafort.