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Special Counsel: Manafort Ghostwrote Op-Ed With Russian Colleague

06 Décembre 2017

A federal judge has ordered Paul Manafort to prove that he did not violate a court order, after prosecutors revealed that he has been working on an op-ed essay with a colleague alleged to have ties to Russian intelligence.

The attempt to publish the op-ed under someone else's name now has prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller pushing for Manafort to remain on house arrest and Global Positioning System monitoring for the time being.

"Even if the ghostwritten op-ed were entirely accurate, fair, and balanced, it would be a violation of this Court's November 8 Order if it had been published", the prosecutors wrote.

According to Bloomberg, Oleg Voloshyn, a former spokesman for Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has claimed authorship of the op-ed, saying he wrote it of his own initiative and only asked Manafort for a fact check and some editing help.

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"Because bail is substantially about trust-in particular, whether the court can trust that a defendant will abide by the combination of conditions created to assure his appearance as required ...-and because the newly discovered facts cast doubt on Manafort's willingness to comply with this court's orders, Manafort's proposed bail package does not provide the reasonable assurance required by the Bail Reform Act", they wrote.

Manafort is a subject of Mueller's probe into whether member's of President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russian government to sway the 2016 election. The court had not yet approved a change to his $10 million unsecured bail and house arrest.

"Because bail is substantially about trust - in particular, whether the court can trust that a defendant will abide by the combination of conditions created to assure his appearance as required, and because the newly discovered facts cast doubt on Manafort's willingness to comply with this court's orders, Manafort's proposed bail package does not provide the reasonable assurance required by the Bail Reform Act", the prosecutors said.

The court filing stated Manafort was involved in the editorial as recently as Thursday, but didn't clarify plans for it to be published.

Special Counsel: Manafort Ghostwrote Op-Ed With Russian Colleague