Special lawyer Robert Mueller asked a federal judge to reject Paul Manafort's request to release him from house arrest, noting a draft of an opinion article that the former Trump campaign manager wrote with an badociate linked to the Russian intelligence, according to several reports.
A prosecutor working on Mueller's team argued that the request should be denied because the opinion article, if it had been published, would have violated a court order not to discuss the case publicly, Reuters reported on Monday, citing court documents.
Manafort has been under house arrest since he was charged with money laundering and tax fraud last month, restricting his ability to travel from his residence in Virginia with very few exceptions.
Mueller's appeal to the judge comes after Politico reported last week that his house arrest could be lifted under the agreement after an $ 11 million bond agreement reached with Mueller's team of prosecutors.
Both Manafort and his badociate Richard Gates pleaded not guilty to all charges in Mueller's investigation in October, after the 31-page indictment was revealed.
A third former Trump campaign badistant, George Papadopoulos, also pleaded guilty to charges of lying to FBI agents in the investigation.
Manafort surrendered to the FBI after the charges, which include conspiracy against the United States and the use of laundered money to buy goods in the country – charges that relate to his work on behalf of a political party backed by Russia in Ukraine.
The indictment did not point to any Manafort work for the Trump campaign, which took place between March 2016 and his expulsion in August.
Mueller and his team are extensively investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections, including if Trump's campaign aides plotted with the Kremlin.
Mueller filed charges Friday against Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with senior Kremlin officials.