Manafort, former Trump campaign chair, has pleaded not guilty to charges that include money laundering and conspiracy.

Image: Barack Obama, Gregory Craig
President Barack Obama talks with White House Counsel Gregory Craig, after Craig, and other White House staff members were sworn-in on Jan. 21, 2009, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. Ron Edmonds / AP file

It emerged in court hearings that Greg Craig was the senior partner overseeing the project. Craig was White House counsel from January 2009 to January 2010, when he went to work at Skadden. He also held several posts in the Clinton administration and helped President Clinton coordinate his defense during his impeachment.

The 2012 report, commissioned by Manafort, was an effort to analyze the prosecution of an opposition politician, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Human rights groups criticized the report as a white wash.

Manafort and Gates used an offshore account to “funnel $4 million to pay for the report,” according to court papers, which do not say how much of the $4 million went to Skadden.