Manafort resigns lawyer before hearing the Connecticut Bar Association


HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) – Paul Manafort, President Donald TrumpThe former campaign director of the General Assembly resigned Wednesday as a lawyer in Connecticut before holding a strike hearing.

ManafortThe company's lawyers filed the document in the Hartford Superior Court, announcing his resignation from the Connecticut Bar. He was admitted to the state bar in 1974, but he has never had a law firm in Connecticut and has no clients in that state.

A hearing on a possible removal is scheduled for Tuesday at the Hartford Court. A state judge must approve ManafortResignation.

"By this I am seeking to give up the practice of law in the state of Connecticut without having the opportunity to seek reinstatement in the future," Manafort says, according to an affidavit that he signed that was submitted to the court. "Because of my incarceration, I am unable to appear in court and answer any questions the court may have about this resignation."

The Office of the Chief Disciplinary Council of the State cited as evidence of the fault of a lawyer ManafortPlea of ​​guilty in the investigation of the special advocate Robert Mueller on the interference of Russia in the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort is among the first Americans to be charged in the Mueller investigation and pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in Washington. He is currently in custody because he is also facing a sentence in a separate case in Virginia. A new court record also says Manafort During the 2016 presidential campaign, a co-worker accused of having links with the Russian intelligence services shared survey data. Prosecutors say he lied to them about it.

Frederic Ury, Fairfield's lawyer for Manafort, said Thursday that Manafort resigned from the bar because he "decided that it was not logical to waste the state's assets or to challenge it oneself".

Manafort He is also a member of the Columbia District Bar, but he stated that he had never practiced law there.

Manafort also faces a separate but similar grievance submitted to Connecticut officials handling complaints against lawyers. The grievance was filed by Massachusetts Attorney J. Whitfield Larrabee, who filed similar complaints seeking Asset Administration officials, including former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Ury stated that he expects the grievance file to be classified because of ManafortThe resignation of the bar.

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