Former campaign chairman to President Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, has stepped out to challenge special counsel Robert Mueller’s authority. Manafort is suing both Mueller and the Department of Justice.
Mueller is currently investigating Trump and the “Russian collusion” that allegedly took place during Trump’s campaign.
In a court filing, lawyers for Manafort argue that the order establishing Mueller’s investigation is overly broad and not permitted under Justice Department regulations.
Manafort’s lawyers claim that Mueller’s investigation is “arbirtray, capricious and not in accordance with the law.”
They have also requested that a district court set “all actions” aside that have been taken against Manafort by Mueller.
The complaint reads: “The investigation of Mr. Manafort is completely unmoored from the Special Counsel’s original jurisdiction to investigate ‘any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,’ It has instead focused on unrelated, decade-old business dealings—specifically, Ukraine political campaign consulting activities of Mr. Manafort.”
The lawsuit was filed against Mueller, the Justice Department and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who gave the order last year that launched the special counsel investigation.
Manafort pleaded not guilty to multiple criminal counts in October, including conspiracy against the United States and money laundering related to his work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.
A spokesperson for the Justice Department fired back at the suit.
“The lawsuit is frivolous but the defendant is entitled to file whatever he wants.”
Perhaps Trump should follow suit with a lawsuit for the ridiculous witch hunt. However, it may be more rewarding to let them continue digging and continue to come up empty handed.
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