Manafort Lawsuit Challenges Mueller’s Appointment

Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is asking a federal judge to declare special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment illegal. Manafort’s lawsuit accuses the prosecutor of overreaching with criminal charges that include money laundering and tax evasion. He argues that the Russia special counsel exceeded authority DOJ gave him in May to investigate any links or coordination between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is asking a federal judge to declare special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment illegal. Manafort’s lawsuit accuses the prosecutor of overreaching with criminal charges that include money laundering and tax evasion, Politico reports. He argues that the Russia special counsel exceeded authority the Justice Department gave him in May to investigate any links or coordination between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, and that DOJ granted Mueller too much power by giving him the green light to go after “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

“The principle that government must be both limited in power and accountable to the people lies at the core of our constitutional traditions. That principle must be zealously guarded against creeping incursions,” said the lawsuit filed by Manafort attorneys Kevin Downing and Thomas Zehnle. It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, which is overseeing Mueller’s case against Manafort and former Trump 2016 campaign aide Rick Gates. A Justice Department spokeswoman said, “The lawsuit is frivolous but the defendant is entitled to file whatever he wants.” Manafort’s lawsuit takes issue with the fact that Mueller went after alleged crimes that long pre-date Trump’s announcement in June 2015 that he was running for president. The charges against Manafort and Gates center not on campaign-related activity but around the finances of their lobbying business and accusations that they shirked requirements that lobbyists for foreign governments must register with the Justice Department.

from https://thecrimereport.org