For lawyers at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, one paragraph undoubtedly stood out in Monday’s blockbuster 31-page indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his protege Rick Gates.
In paragraph 22, prosecutors allege that Manafort and Gates used offshore accounts to pay $4 million for a government-commissioned report about the trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The indictment doesn’t include the law firm’s name, but Skadden has previously been identified as the firm that produced the report, which critics have described as justifying the jailing of Tymoshenko by her political rival and Manafort’s then-client, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
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