Paul Manafort fights special counsel over gag order, Ukraine op-ed

December 9, 2017

Trump_Russia_Probe_Manafort_83390.jpg-ec2a4_c0-0-4632-2700_s885x516An attorney for Paul Manafort is fighting back against the special counsel’s accusation that his client violated a federal judge’s gag order by helping draft an editorial defending his prior work in Ukraine — arguing that prosecutors would seek to prevent him from even maintaining his innocence.

Prosecutors from Robert Mueller’s special counsel team raised questions about the op-ed earlier this week while negotiating a bail package for the former Trump campaign chairman.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson had previously ordered all parties involved in the case “to refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case.”

Prosecutors were concerned that Mr. Manafort, who was charged with multiple criminal counts, including conspiracy to commit money laundering and failure to file proper financial disclosures, was working to ghostwrite an editorial that “clearly was undertaken to influence the public’s opinion.”

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