Paul Manafort, who is President Trump’s former campaign manager just filed a civil lawsuit earlier on Wednesday in a DC court against special counsel Robert Mueller, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The lawsuit claims that Robert Mueller as special counsel exceeded his authority in an unlawful manner, as the charges brought against Paul Manafort have absolutely nothing to do with the 2016 election cycle.
“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,” the suit reads.The appointment order authorizing Mueller as special counsel permits him to investigate any matters that “may arise directly from the investigation.”
Manafort was indicted Oct. 27 on 12 counts related to unlawful financial dealings. He pleaded not guilty and has been contesting the charges. A trial is scheduled to begin in May”
After getting indicted, Paul Manafort has pleaded not guilty back in October.
I’m happy to see Manafort is fighting back. He has the means to do this. I wish General Flynn had the money to fight them too. Also, I just read Manafort’s complaint and it looks like he’s got a strong case. The Justice Department overstepped in its charge to Mueller, and Mueller overstepped the overstepped charge he was given. The DOJ basically gave Mueller an illegal amount of authority and he took even more in order to charge Manafort. I’m not a Manafort fan by any metrics (he’s a sleazy DC lobbyist), but everyone deserves justice – whether we like ’em or not. I hope Manafort prevails and Mueller’s charges are set aside. I think there’s a good chance for Manafort to win, as long as the judge is not a liberal/left-wing activist and fairly applies the law as written.
This could be how the Mueller Star Chamber goes down. His special counsel appointment went against the statute in that no crime was specified – which the statute mandates. Get this in front of a judge who puts the law above politics, and Manafort easily walks – and in the ruling the judge could very well declare this particular special counsel to be outside the statute.