Author Disputes Mueller's Claim That Manafort Co-Wrote Op-Ed

A Ukrainian associate of Paul Manafort has come forward to say that Manafort didn't help him ghostwrite a sympathetic editorial about Manafort's lobbying work on behalf of the former Ukrainian government, Bloomberg reported.

Yesterday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused Manafort of violating his gag order by helping to ghostwrite the editorial, adding that the terms of a tentative bail agreement may need to be reexamined to account for Manafort's purported disobedience, which prosecutors argued made him a greater flight risk.

Oleg Voloshyn, a former spokesman for Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs under ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, told Bloomberg that he drafted the editorial to help burnish his longtime friend’s public image, which he felt had been unjustly tarnished by the Mueller probe, according to Bloomberg.

Voloshyn said he only sent the draft to Manafort last week to ask him to check certain facts and figures. "I can only guess they screen his email,” Voloshyn said. Furthermore, the editorial was meant to run in the Kyiv Post, which is not widely read outside Ukraine.

Voloshyn said he’d worked with Manafort on changing perceptions of Ukraine in the West when he was at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He said he’d be happy to speak with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation about how he wrote the piece, which he said had nothing to do with the charges against Manafort.


Voloshyn said he sent it to Manafort only to make sure he didn’t get his facts wrong. "I can only guess they screen his email,” he said. “It’s a big scandal about nothing. The Kyiv Post is hardly known in America."

Mueller is trying to have the terms of Manafort’s bail revoked after Manafort’s attorneys had reached a tentative deal with prosecutors whereby he would pledge four of his real estate properties in New York, Virginia, and Florida, which his lawyers claimed were worth a total of $11.65 million.

Additionally, Manafort and his wife have agreed not to travel internationally, and Manafort would also limit his domestic travel to Florida, Virginia, New York and the District of Columbia. For any additional domestic travel, Manafort would need to seek the permission of the court.

Of course, If Mueller succeeds in having the deal thrown out, Manafort would be confined to house arrest presumably until his trial.

Voloshyn said he asked the press service of the Opposition Bloc, a political party that Manafort had worked for in Ukraine, to send the editorial to the English-language Kyiv Post. The Opposition Bloc grew out of the Party of Regions, which Manafort advised until Yanukovych fled to Russia in 2014.

Brian Bonner, editor of the Kyiv Post, said that he received the editorial on Monday. The newspaper isn’t planning to published the piece, Bonner said, which he called "highly suspicious" and "blatantly pro-Manafort."

Voloshyn said he was shocked to see his unpublished opinion piece spark the latest controversy in Mueller’s case against Manafort, who has been charged with conspiracy to launder money and acting as an unregistered agent for Ukraine. Voloshyn said that he sent his unpublished editorial last week to Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime associate of Manafort in Ukraine, who then forwarded it on to Manafort.

Voloshyn disputed that his piece was anything but a fair and accurate account of Manafort’s work in Ukraine.

Manafort’s gag order prevents him from making any statements  in the media that could influence the outcome of his case.


CryptBrain BeerMe Tue, 12/05/2017 - 16:04 Permalink

Muller came in to hide the crimes of those his in favor with and committed hide-able crimes. If you're not in this category--like Manafart--Welcome to Hell.
Now, who is in this category of "made" people?

in category crime?
Comey for sure yes many
Trump not sure not sure
Cinton/f so far wat f-yeah

M is he clean up guy. He knows Dems/popu are crying like little children, sending hrc to court over any of her many crimes would hurt the already shattered dem party. Remember, the play can not go on w/out the a strong dem party to play the flute tunes.

But what about Mul/McG/Ros crimes? real obstruction (with actual intent to conspire)

How are these Fucking guys investigating themselves??

Sessions can bring in the perfect counter balance with an additional special prosecutor for U1. What's keeping him?

One reason: It would be a fuck-fest where dozens and dozens of prominent names would be tossed around; the public would really see just how stink-shit dirty the swamp water truly is.

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NoDebt Tue, 12/05/2017 - 15:42 Permalink

I thought this sounded fishy yesterday when the original story hit.  I was incredulous that Manafort would do something like this while under active investigation/prosecution.  I think I said it would make him the "stupidest defendant ever".  Or that it was just more fake news.I'm leaning towards fake news on the original article. 

Mzhen Tue, 12/05/2017 - 16:15 Permalink

Mueller got caught with his hand in the corruption jar.  So he had to puff up like a puddy tat and turn his wrath on one of the other victims he is sadistically torturing.

horseman Tue, 12/05/2017 - 16:18 Permalink

What this shows is Mueller is still doing active electronic surveillance.  If I was Manafort's attorney, I would be demanding to see the court warrant for such ongoing surveillance.

Dontblamethegoat horseman Tue, 12/05/2017 - 16:33 Permalink

Perhaps not - consider that the NSA is still running intercepts on Manafort ... someone passed the info to one of Mueller's Nazguls who convinced him it was legitimate. Unless I misread this, Manafort was told not to contact the media etc.  That he has not done. All that happened was he received an email.  What kind of tyranny makes it a crime to receive an email?

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Mike Masr Tue, 12/05/2017 - 16:47 Permalink

THERE IS ONE SET OF LAWS FOR THE DEEP-STATE AND ANOTHER SET OF LAWS FOR ALL OF US!  Bill and Hillary's "Clinton Crime Syndicate" used her position as Secretary of State with Obama's blessing to sell Russia 20% of our uranium in a pay to play scheme. The Clinton Crime Syndicate makes $145 million dollars on this scheme and the transaction is laundered through Canada. Bill takes $500K to speak in Moscow to grease the wheel for the scheme. All is good with this as there is one set of laws for the Clintons and their deep-state cronies and another set of laws for all of us. Deep staters in Congress, Comey, Mueller, Rosenstein, Loretta Lynch and the entire Obama Cabinet all gave Hillary a big "thumbs up".    Meanwhile, ten years ago, if Trump or anyone with his team conversed with a Russian at a dinner party and actually ate hors d'oeuvres off the same serving dish with a Russian, Chuck Schumer, Lindsay Graham, Adam Schiff and John McBrain Tumor would all be outraged. These paranoid McCarthyites would be hurling accusations about being Russian agents, anti-American conspirators and stooges of Vladimir Putin. The corrupt fake news MSM talking heads would all be foaming at the mouth.  These dirty fucking crooks (the Clintons) can get away with anything will full immunity.