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Manafort sues DoJ, Mueller over investigation

13 January 2018, 04:49 | Erica Roy

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort arrives at federal court in Washington Monday Dec. 11 2017

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort arrives at federal court in Washington Monday Dec. 11 2017

Manafort's lawsuit notes that during his time working for the Ukrainian government he met regularly with the USA ambassador in Kiev, suggesting that the U.S. government knew what he was doing at the time.

The lawsuit also takes aim at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Mueller's investigation and recently said he was satisfied that the former FBI director was staying within the scope of his authority. It says Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mr. Mueller, did not follow Justice Department guidelines. Many of Trump's supporters cite the makeup of the grand jury as evidence that the president isn't being treated fairly.

That's why legal experts don't think Manafort's legal gambit will succeed in court. The prosecutor oversaw an aggressive Federal Bureau of Investigation pre-dawn raid on Mr. Manafort's Alexandria condo.

The Hill, the New York Times, Law.com (sub. req.), BuzzFeed News and Politico covered the suit (PDF), filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. The existing indictment includes an allegation but not a formal charge. The exceptional advice has now accused Manafort of lead he had as of now willfully uncovered, the claim says. Prosecutors charge that Manafort laundered money from overseas to buy houses, cars, clothes, antiques and landscaping services.

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.

In a July interview, Trump warned Mueller against investigating his family's finances, saying that would be a "violation". That mandate, Mr. Downing argues, is not contained in the special counsel regulation.

But while Manafort is correct that the charges against him are largely unrelated to the Trump-Russia investigation, that doesn't mean Mueller isn't allowed to investigate and prosecute him for those things.

Three points Bob Thomas makes in his attack on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian inference in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign collusion thoroughly discredit his arguments.

The FBI can provide the special counsel with the adequate resources for their investigation and have a staff consisting of lawyers. Many House Republicans say that the special counsel's probe is tainted by political bias and that it will never give Trump a fair shake.

In a statement released to BuzzFeed News, a DOJ spokesperson called Manafort's suit "frivolous".

Manafort also claims he told prosecutors about his offshore banking activity in Cyprus. Throughout the process, DOJ maintained that they were assisting the Ukrainian government in locating stolen assets.

Second, he states "Robert Mueller has had close to a full year and has yet to come up with any proof of Russian collusion between Putin and our President".

"The Appointment Order purports to grant authority to the Special Counsel to expand the scope of his investigation to new matters without the consent of - indeed, without even consulting - any politically accountable officer of the United States", Manafort's lawyers wrote.

The lawsuit marks the most direct attempt yet by anyone implicated in the Russian Federation investigation to try and halt the work of the special counsel.

The Mueller indictment charges that Mr. Manafort made "tens of millions of dollars" working in Ukraine, including for pro-Russian leader Viktor Yanukovych.

Mr. Manafort was indicted by The Mueller's Team in October on money laundering and tax charges, along with his business associate Rick Gates. Manafort was eventually charged for actions occurring between 2006 and 2016.

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