Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manfort may be too smart for his own good. Heck, he may be too rich for his own good. It could also be that maybe he is too arrogant for his own good. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is taking another look at Manafort’s attempt to satisfy bail requirements and get out of house arrest. Mr. Manafort is looking for a lot of very expensive leeway. Here is how it went down.
As Written By Andrea Noble for the Washington Times:
Special counsel Robert Mueller has balked at a proposed bail package for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort after prosecutors discovered he had been in recent contact with a Russian colleague “said to have ties to a Russian intelligence service.”
Mr. Manafort and the Russian colleague had been in contact as recently as last week to work on “ghostwriting an editorial in English regarding his political work for Ukraine,” according to court documents filed by the special counsel on Monday in Mr. Manafort’s case.
Since his indictment, Mr. Manafort has been in negotiations with prosecutors over the conditions of his release. He is currently on house arrest, subject to GPS monitoring and had been in the process of arranging a multi-million dollar bail package in secure his release.
Special counsel prosecutors wrote that Mr. Manafort’s actions should be considered a violation of the judge’s prior gag order, which limited the degree to which attorneys could talk to the press or public about the case.
“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,” prosectors wrote in a motion opposing the previously proposed bail package. “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 …….
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