Judge in Manafort trial tells attorneys to 'rein in' their facial expressions

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case against President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE’s former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFree Roger Stone Trump tweets test Attorney General Barr Maxine Waters blasts Trump as 'mafia boss' over Stone case MORE got a little scolding Wednesday from the judge overseeing the trial on its second day.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis said he was told that lawyers on both sides of the high-profile case have been seen rolling their eyes upon leaving the bench, saying the lawyers need to "rein in their facial expressions."

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Ellis said the expressions communicate to those who see them that the lawyers are wondering, "Why do we have to deal with this idiot judge?”

“It’s inappropriate," he said.

Manafort is on trial in federal court in Virginia for 18 counts of bank and tax fraud, charges that stem from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The trial has recessed for lunch until 1:30 p.m., when prosecutors said they will return and call three more witnesses to the stand, including one of Manafort’s suit makers, Maximillian Katzman, The Washington Post reported.