Mueller’s team of prosecutors say Manafort hid tens of millions of dollars in offshore accounts, failed to disclose those accounts to the IRS and dodged paying taxes on much of the money.
He then allegedly used false financial statements to convince banks to loan him millions more after the Ukraine cash stream ran out when his clients lost power.
Manafort is set to go on trial Sept. 17 in another case in Washington, D.C., federal court, where he is charged with money laundering and failing to register as an agent of a foreign government. That case also is related to his work in Ukraine.
During a hearing earlier Friday, Ellis revealed that he had received threats related to the trial and is now traveling with protection from the United States Marshals Service.
Ellis cited those threats in his decision to keep sealed the names and addresses of the jurors, who were not present for the hearing.
Several media outlets, including NBC News, had asked the judge to release the identities of the jurors.
Ellis also said he would keep sealed the transcript of a sidebar discussion he had during the trial with prosecutors and the defense that referred to an ongoing investigation by Mueller.
The special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice related to the Justice Department’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and the potential involvement of Trump’s campaign in that interference.
Less than nine miles from the courthouse, in an exchange with reporters outside the White House, Trump refused to answer whether he would pardon Manafort.
But the president said, “I think it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.”
“I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad,” Trump said. “He happens to be a very good person.”