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Paul Manafort Is Suing The Department Of Justice And Robert Mueller

12 January 2018

In addition to the indictments of Manafort and Gates, Mueller's office has secured guilty pleas for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation from Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign aide George Papadopoulos.

They filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Department of Justice and special counsel Robert Mueller alleging that the Mueller investigation is going beyond the limits of exploring connections between Russian Federation and the Donald Trump presidential campaign.

The lawsuit by Paul Manafort, filed in federal court in Washington on Wednesday, is the most direct challenge to date to Mueller's legal authority and the scope of his mandate as special counsel.

Mueller and the deputy attorney general who appointed him, Rod Rosenstein, failed to follow the special counsel rules before a grand jury charged Manafort with money laundering and conspiracy, according to the suit. Manafort claims that the Appointment Order that put Mueller in place was supposed to limit Mueller's authority to the Russian Federation investigation, yet it ended up giving him authority over "any matters that arose or may arise directly from" the Russian Federation probe. Rosenstein defied those jurisdictional limits when he authorized Mueller to investigate and prosecute "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation" of Russian influence, the suit alleges.

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To support his argument of unfair treatment, he says that the charges against him include business dealings stretching back to 2005 - about a decade before Trump embarked on his presidential journey.

Mr. Manafort's lawsuit, filed in a US District Court in Washington, DC, charges that Mr. Mueller's Team is supposed to be investigating claims of collusion, not his past history as a high-earning political consultant.

White-collar criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Jacobovitz said it is not unusual for a defendant to try to question the bounds of a special counsel.

Akerman said the suit even quoted a regulation that makes it clear Mueller has the authority to investigate new matters he uncovers, with the Attorney General deciding whether he keeps the case or it gets assigned elsewhere.

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Manafort resigned from President Donald Trump's campaign in August of 2016 amid scrutiny over his lobbying work for pro-Russia Ukraine figures. The indictment does accuse them of making false statements to the government in late 2016 and early 2017 about the nature of that work, after Manafort had left Trump's campaign amid scrutiny over his ties to Ukraine. They both pleaded not guilty.

If Mueller had in fact gone too far in charging Manafort, it would be up to the attorney general to call him on the conduct - and ultimately up to the president to withdraw the charges.

As the lawsuit goes on to describe how the special counsel left 2016 behind and investigated Manafort's overseas consulting for Russian political allies, it also reveals Mueller was investigating Manafort's taxes, his overseas accounts and his financial deals. "Nor were they uncovered in the course of the Special Counsel's probe into President Trump's campaign".

He said that during the 2014 interview, he discussed in detail his activities in Ukraine, his relationships with diplomats in Kyiv, and his offshore banking in Cyprus.

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Paul Manafort Is Suing The Department Of Justice And Robert Mueller