Paul Manafort, a former chair of the Trump presidential campaign, has broken his bail agreement with special prosecutors.
Manafort was instructed by the court to “not try this case in the press.” This means Manafort was not to explain to the press as to why he is innocent. Manafort broke this order by contacting a Russian colleague in order to create an editorial that supports his claim of innocence.
Manafort has recently been working with the special counsel to lift some of his restrictions, allowing him to travel across some states. He has put up over $11 million in property as collateral, where he would forfeit those properties if he misses any court dates. A prosecutor on Mueller’s team has already told the court that Manafort’s request should be denied because of the recent collaboration with the Russian.
“The editorial clearly was undertaken to influence the public’s opinion of defendant Manafort, or else there would be no reason to seek its publication (much less for Manafort and his long-time associate to ghostwrite it in another’s name),” the court filing said. “It compounds the problem that the proposed piece is not a dispassionate recitation of the facts.”
Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges from Mueller’s team. Those charges include conspiracy against the United States and money laundering. The former Trump campaign chair is accused of working for a Russian-backed party in Ukraine, one that is closely linked to Vladimir Putin.
This is a developing story.
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