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Manafort Violated Court Order After Contacting Russian Operative While Under House Arrest: Report

Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday accused President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, of working with a Russian operative to draft an opinion piece under someone else’s name with the intent to influence public opinion about his work in Ukraine.

In court filings, a prosecutors requested that Manafort’s request to lift his house arrest be denied because the opinion piece would have violated a court order not to publicly discuss the case, according to Reuters.

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 and has strong ties to the Kremlin.

Manafort is currently facing several felony charges involving allegations of money laundering and other financial crimes.

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