Paul Manafort Wrote an Op-Ed While Under House Arrest
Prosecutors on Mueller's team say the piece was written under someone else's name
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 4, 2017 6:40 PM CST
President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort arrives at the federal courthouse in Washington   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller say Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been working on an op-ed essay with a longtime colleague "assessed to have ties" to a Russian intelligence service, the AP reports. Court papers say Manafort and the colleague sought to publish the op-ed under someone else's name and intended it to influence public opinion about his work in Ukraine. The op-ed was being drafted as late as last week while Manafort is under house arrest. Prosecutors did not name the colleague but noted the person is based in Russia.

Manafort is currently facing several felony charges involving allegations of money laundering and other financial crimes related to his political consulting work in Ukraine. Manafort has denied wrongdoing.


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