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Manafort sues Mueller, Justice Department over Russian Federation probe

Manafort sues Mueller, Justice Department over Russian Federation probe

"The investigation has focused on Mr. Manafort's offshore business dealings that date back to as early as 2005 - about a decade before the Trump presidential campaign launched - and have been known to the United States government for many years".

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.

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. Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates deny the allegations in the charges. Some Republicans have begun publicly calling for Mueller's probe to be shut down.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller as a special counsel on May 17 after President Trump fired former FBI director James Comey, who had previously overseen the agency's investigation of whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian effort to sway the election in Trump's favor.

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Mr Manafort has now brought a law suit arguing that the events they relate to fall outside the scope of Mr Mueller's investigation, U.S. media reported.

"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.

Manafort's lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment, and a spokesman for Mueller's office declined to comment. The Rosenstein order gives Mueller "carte blanche to investigate and pursue criminal charges in connection with anything he stumbles across while investigating, no matter how remote from the specific matter identified as the subject of the appointment order", the lawsuit says.

Both men have pleaded not guilty.


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