Judge in Manafort case calls extended recess


    Federal court is seen as the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort continues, in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The judge in Paul Manafort's trial has called a recess without explanation.

    Federal court, where the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will continue, is seen in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis lll huddled with attorneys from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office and Manafort's defense lawyers, as well as court security officers, for more than 20 minutes before calling the recess. The judge then exited the courtroom toward the jury room.

    The defense team for Paul Manafort, including Thomas Zehnle, center, and Jay Nanavati, right, leave federal court for a lunch break during the trial of the former Trump campaign chairman, in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    The recess comes as prosecutors are preparing to finish their case Friday. Manafort faces charges of bank fraud and tax evasion.

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