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

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case against President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE’s former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ investigating one-time Trump campaign adviser over alleged ties to Qatar: report Foreign lobbyists donated over M during 2020 election: report Former Mueller prosecutor representing Donoghue in congressional probes: report 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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.