BREAKING: Manafort Violates Bail – Mueller Files Last Minute Request With Judge

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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have violated the court order that forbids him communicating anything about the case to anyone, and his bail would have been revoked.

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 30: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort gets into his car after leaving federal court, October 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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).”
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 19: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee June 19, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Mueller confirmed that the FBI uses drones for domestic surveillance during the hearing on FBI oversight. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The document continues:
“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.”
 
According to Vox:
“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.”
This is an unbelievably stupid move by Paul Manafort, especially just before the trial that he will be remembered for throughout history.
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