Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Wednesday sued the…
Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and special counsel Robert Mueller for overstepping their authorities to bring charges against him that are unrelated to the probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
Ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, charged in Mueller probe, is suing U.S. Justice Department alleging his indictment exceeds the special counsel's office jurisidiction. @mattzap pic.twitter.com/aNjxNx2ioh
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LAWSUIT: Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Manafort alleged that Rosenstein exceeded the scope of his “authority” to appoint Mueller, and Mueller’s investigation has overstepped his authority with his investigation.
LAWSUIT STATES: “The actions of DOJ and Mr. Rosenstein in issuing the Appointment Order, and Mr. Mueller’s actions pursuant to the authority the Order granted him, were arbitrary, capricious, and not in accordance with the law,”
CLAIMS: The lawsuit said the May order Rosenstein signed to appoint Mueller “exceeds the scope of Mr. Rosenstein’s authority to appoint a special counsel as well as specific restrictions on the scope of such appointments.” That order said Mueller may investigate “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation,” but Manafort says that’s something Rosenstein was not legally allowed to empower Mueller to do.
MANAFORT: Is scheduled to appear again before U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson on January 16. The judge recently approved Manafort’s request to be released from house arrest on a $10 million bail.
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