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Manafort Denies He Ghostwrote Op-Ed in Violation of Gag Order

  • Absolute gag on speech would violate rights, Manafort says
  • Dispute shows how close Manafort remains to Ukrainian allies
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President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort denied he ghostwrote an editorial with a longtime colleague tied to a Russian intelligence agency, as claimed by prosecutors.

Prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller said earlier this week that as recently as Nov. 30, Manafort had been working on a draft editorial touting his work in Ukraine, which they said violated a judge’s order not to try his case in the media. They said Manafort, who is accused of working as an unregistered agent of Ukraine, secretly wrote the piece to put a positive spin on his political consulting work there. Prosecutors said Manafort’s bail terms should be toughened because he breached a trust.