Manafort sues Mueller, Rosenstein, Justice Dept

Manafort sues Mueller, Rosenstein, Justice Dept

"Manafort, as an unregistered foreign agent, is vulnerable not so much because he might get a few years in prison, but because under the Foreign Agent Registration Act, he can be stripped of every dollar that prosecutor Mueller can show came from a foreign government", Johnston continued.

Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort sued special prosecutor Robert Mueller and the Justice Department Wednesday for allegedly overstepping their mandates, in a potentially significant challenge to the Russian Federation probe that threatens the u.s. president.

On July 30, 2014, Mr. Manafort voluntarily met with DOJ prosecutors and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to discuss his offshore political consulting activities.

As president, Trump has full legal authority over the department. Investigating crimes is the job of the Justice Department and its investagative division, which is the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Both Messers Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty to all charges and are out on bail pending the resolution.

The crux of the complaint revolves around the Justice Department regulations that created the special counsel post.

"Look at what Ken Starr was looking at with respect to Bill Clinton and his dealings with Monica Lewinsky, and yet that was not shot down by any courts", Jacobovitz pointed out. But every independent counsel ends up that way. Congress took no steps to create a new law. An example is Nixon's "Saturday night massacre" when he ordered the attorney general to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox because Cox had subpoenaed Oval Office tapes which could confirm Nixon's participation in the Watergate break-in and cover up.

Manafort's lawyers argue that Rosenstein can not lawfully give Mueller authority that is so broad.

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, has decided that he wants to fight Mueller in court - and by extension Dreeben. Now, they say, the grand jury on the probe is too Black. And on Wednesday, Trump almost blew the weird coiffure off the top of his surgically-repaired hairline when former trusted confidante Steve Bannon made several explosive claims in a new book about the campaign and operations within the White House. And he has been criminally charged with performing and hiding extensive illegal services for pro-Russian political parties in Ukraine. He was also in frequent contact during the presidential campaign with George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser whose activities were reportedly the spark for the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, which began in July 2016. But the conduct could easily be evidence of connection between Russian Federation and the campaign.

"I'll hand it to Manafort's lawyers: they're good at convincing their client to spend money on filings that will go absolutely no where", tweeted Matt Miller, a former Justice Department spokesman during the Obama administration.

Rep. Maxine Waters is bringing in 2018 with authority. Those norms include the expectation that the president won't politicize the prosecution power. Hence, Manafort argues that Mueller has overstepped his legal authority in investigating and charging Manafort. That's the lesson of President Richard Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre, the firing of special prosecutor Archibald Cox that helped lead to Nixon's downfall. Mueller could still request more documents and additional interviews.

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