Former Trump campaign manager Manafort denies ghostwriting op-ed playing up Ukraine work

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveiled a trove of evidence against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to convince a just that he violated a gag order by ghost-writing an article to bolster his public image.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is accused of working as an unregistered agent of Ukraine.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is accused of working as an unregistered agent of Ukraine.PHOTO: AFP

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY (BLOOMBERG) - US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort denied on Thursday (Dec 7) that he ghostwrote an editorial with a longtime colleague tied to a Russian intelligence agency, as claimed by prosecutors in his money laundering and conspiracy case.

Earlier this week, prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller cited a draft editorial in arguing that Manafort violated a judge's order to not try the case in the press.

They said that 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 trust.

In a court filing, Manafort's attorneys countered that Mr Oleg Voloshyn, a former spokesman for Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs under ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, wrote the op-ed piece, which was published on Thursday.

Manafort's lawyers said Mr Mueller's interpretation would unconstitutionally violate their client's "rights to defend himself and his reputation, and to correct the public record."