"Prosecutors in Mr. Mueller's office have admitted that the Special Counsel's investigation of Mr. Manafort concerns conduct that has nothing to do with the charges in the Appointment Order's original jurisdiction clause", it states.
While experts say Manafort's lawsuit will likely be dismissed, it raises some valid points.
It makes two arguments: 1) The special counsel investigation is unlawful, and therefore should be dissolved; and 2) even if the special counsel investigation were lawful, the charges against Manafort are outside the scope of the investigation and thus are not valid. By filing a separate lawsuit, Mr. Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, also creates the possibility of a protracted fight over Mr. Mueller's authority. And that's great. But I really want to be there when/if Jeff Sessions has to explain to Donald Trump why Manafort's desperate attempt to avoid flipping has no merit. That theory echoes comments made by Mr. Trump, who has said that Mr. Mueller can not investigate his family's finances.
"That room isn't a room where POTUS gets a fair shake", they said, insinuating that more white jurors were necessary for the process to be deemed fair and credible.
Manafort and Gates are slated to appear on January 16 before a judge in the criminal case.
The Rosenstein arrange gives Mueller "unlimited authority to research and seek after criminal accusations regarding anything he unearths while examining, regardless of how remote from the particular issue recognized as the subject of the arrangement arrange", the claim says.
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The case faces an uphill climb because Mr. Rosenstein has said publicly that he has specifically approved every significant step that Mr. Mueller has taken in the investigation. Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates deny the allegations in the charges.
"It's a circular argument", he said. But some charges against Manafort, like money laundering, have nothing to do with that and happened as far back as 2006 - way before Manafort ever worked for the Trump campaign. They say the Justice Department reviewed Mr. Manafort's finances for years and never brought charges until Mr. Mueller put together his team of prosecutors.
Both Messers Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty to all charges and are out on bail pending the resolution. But it's hard to imagine how anybody besides Paul Manafort and Donald Trump thinks this is going to end with "We tried to investigate collusion, but stopped once we started finding crimes and people started pleading guilty".
His roster of clients, some with unsavoury reputations, included deposed Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Manafort acknowledged in his complaint that his foreign business dealings have been of interest for years to federal prosecutors. The investigation focused on the activities of a former Ukraine President and was closed soon after Mr. Manafort's interview. He further discussed his offshore banking activity in Cyprus. Prosecutors accuse Manafort of laundering money through Cyprus in dozens of wire transfers between 2008 and 2013. This underscores once again Mueller has no evidence of collusion.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also was named as a defendant in the Manafort civil suit.