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Politics Manafort's work on draft op-ed does not violate gag order: defense lawyer

02:25  08 december  2017
02:25  08 december  2017 Source:   reuters.com

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  Manafort Associate Has Russian Intelligence Ties, Court Document Says In the document, the special counsel cited an op-ed article drafted by Paul Manafort and his Russia-linked associate to shape public opinion about consulting work in Ukraine.The filing seeks tougher bail restrictions against Mr. Manafort, arguing that writing the op-ed flouts a judge’s admonition against trying to use the news media to influence the case against Mr. Manafort and Rick Gates, another former campaign official.

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President Donald Trump' s former campaign manager Paul Manafort did not violate a court gag order when he helped edit an opinion piece about his political work in Ukraine, his defense lawyer Kevin Downing said in a court filing on Thursday.US.

By Sarah N. Lynch

a man wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO - Former Trump 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves U.S. Federal Court, after being arraigned on twelve federal charges in the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in Washington © REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan/File Picture FILE PHOTO - Former Trump 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves U.S. Federal Court, after being arraigned on twelve federal charges in the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in Washington

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort did not violate a court gag order when he helped edit an opinion piece about his political work in Ukraine, his defense lawyer Kevin Downing said in a court filing on Thursday.

The filing comes after prosecutors working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier this week said they could no longer agree to more lenient bail terms for Manafort, after discovering he was working with a colleague tied to Russian intelligence agencies to ghost-write an opinion piece that cast his political work in a favorable light.

Downing said in the Thursday filing that his client was only involved in editing the piece to ensure accuracy, and that it would not prejudice the case because it was ultimately published in a Ukrainian newspaper, not an American one.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch, editing by G Crosse and Clive McKeef)

Judge tells ex-Trump adviser Manafort to stop communicating with media .
A U.S. District Court judge told President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort on Monday to stop communicating with the media in ways that might affect the outcome of his trial but she agreed to consider a proposal to ease his bail restrictions. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she would take under advisement Manafort's proposal to have his house arrest lifted in exchange for accepting four of his properties as collateral.

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