Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Aside from Trump's Twitter criticism of the Russian Federation probe, Manafort's lawsuit appeared to be the most serious attack to date on Mueller's investigation.

On Wednesday, Jan. 3, The New York Times reported that Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, sued Mueller and requested a federal court to restrict the special counsel's authority.

When Rosenstein appointed Mueller, he authorized the special counsel to investigate "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation".

Manafort was indicted in October on charges related to his lobbying work on behalf of a Russia-friendly Ukrainian political party.

Manafort is now one of four people facing charges stemming from the Mueller probe.

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A Justice Department spokesperson said by email: "The lawsuit is frivolous, but the defendant is entitled to file whatever he wants".

Manafort's attorneys have echoed the President's criticism that Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election is pursuing crimes that never happened.

Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Manafort is calling for the court to declare Mueller's appointment "invalid" and for the "setting aside" of all of Mueller's actions as special counsel. (Flynn is also Trump's former national security adviser.) Gates has pleaded not guilty, while Papadopoulos and Flynn have pleaded guilty. "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". "Nor were they uncovered in the course of the Special Counsel's probe into President Trump's campaign", the suit alleges.

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