Paul Manafort definitely isn’t the brightest bulb in the box after being caught in yet another scandal, this one taking place as recently as a week ago. Manafort was just discovered to still be working with Russian intelligence in the form of an article that was meant to sway the public’s perceptions of Manafort’s illegal dealings in Ukraine.
Had that article been published, Manafort would have violated the court order that forbids him communicating anything about the case to anyone, and his bail would have been revoked.
Upon hearing this news, Robert Mueller immediately requested the judge deny Manafort’s previously discussed request for a release from house arrest.
The court document reads:
“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. 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).”
“As late as November 30, 2017, Manafort and a colleague were ghostwriting an editorial in English regarding his political work for Ukraine. Manafort worked on the draft with a long-time Russian colleague of Manafort’s, who is currently based in Russia and assessed to have ties to a Russian intelligence service.”
“This move could’ve led to a harsher punishment for Manafort. His lawyers had struck an $11 million bail agreement with Mueller on November 30 after Manafort was indicted on 12 charges in October that mostly focused on alleged money laundering, failure to disclose financial assets, and false statements regarding work for the government of Ukraine and a Ukrainian political party. The indictment alleged that Manafort had laundered more than $18 million since 2006.”