Manafort files lawsuit against DoJ, Mueller, Rosenstein

Aaron Brown
January 6, 2018

They were the first criminal charges to come from Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to Trump's campaign.

Manafort's attorneys claimed that the counts Manafort is facing fall outside of what should have been the acceptable scope for Mueller's probe and should essentially be dismissed.

The Manafort lawsuit alleges Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Mueller have unlawfully exceeded the authorities allowed under the law governing special counsel appointments.

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In response, a Justice Department spokesperson called the lawsuit "frivolous" but apparently didn't offer much detail as to how the department would proceed.

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, sued special counsel Robert Mueller and the Justice Department for charging him with conspiracy and money laundering, saying those things have nothing to do with the alleged Russian collusion Mueller is supposed to be investigating. A spokesperson for the special counsel's office declined to comment.

For a defendant to sue the people prosecuting him is "not typical", according to Patrick Cotter, a former federal prosecutor who is now at the law firm Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., and who said he had not reviewed the Manafort complaint. "The investigation has focused on Mr. Manafort's offshore business dealings that date back to as early as 2005 - about a decade before the Trump presidential campaign launched - and have been known to the United States government for many years". (Flynn is also Trump's former national security adviser.) Gates has pleaded not guilty, while Papadopoulos and Flynn have pleaded guilty.

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