Manafort sues Mueller, Justice Department over Russian Federation probe

In May 2016 Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat in London that Russia had email dirt on Hillary Clinton

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is suing the Department of Justice and special counsel Robert Mueller over the investigation into his alleged business ties with Russian Federation.

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, filed a lawsuit against the man who brought an indictment against him past year as part of the ongoing investigation into Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

Mueller charged Manafort, along with his long-time business associate Rick Gates, on October 30 on 12 counts, including conspiracy, money laundering, being an unregistered foreign agent and failure to pay taxes on millions earned as a lobbyist for the former Ukrainian government.

Paul Manafort leaves federal court on December 11, in Washington, D.C. On January 3, he filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The Department of Justice called the suit "frivolous". "It has instead focused on unrelated, decade-old business dealings - specifically, Ukraine political campaign consulting activities of Mr. Manafort".

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The complaint continued, "Those alleged dealings had no connection whatsoever to the 2016 presidential election or even to Donald Trump".

A Justice Department statement dismissed the lawsuit as "frivolous", but also acknowledged that Manafort can sue whoever he wants.

Manafort's lawsuit will likely find support among Trump allies in Congress, the media and elsewhere who have in recent weeks attacked the Russian Federation probe, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His complaint names the Justice Department, Mueller and Rosenstein, and he is suing under the Administrative Procedure Act and the Declaratory Judgment Act. But Manafort, according to CNN, accused Rosenstein of exceeding his authority when he appointed the special counsel, and in the authority he granted Mueller. Manafort claims that he has suffered "significant reputational harm, financial expense, and invasion of his personal privacy".

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