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Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for Donald Trump, arrives to the U.S. Courthouse for a bond hearing in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has sued special counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in addition to the Department of Justice in U.S. federal court, alleging in which Mueller has strayed beyond the scope of the investigation he was authorized to pursue.
Manafort’s suit also alleges the order appointing Mueller exceeds the deputy attorney general’s authority. As a result, all actions taken by the special counsel “must be set aside,” the idea argues.
“The actions of DOJ in addition to Mr. Rosenstein in issuing the Appointment Order, in addition to Mr. Mueller’s actions pursuant to the authority the Order granted him, were arbitrary, capricious, in addition to not in accordance with the law,” the suit reads.
The appointment order authorizing Mueller as special counsel permits him to investigate any matters in which “may arise directly by the investigation.” Experts have said the idea gives Mueller wide latitude to determine the course of his investigation.
“I think the idea’s going to be an uphill battle,” said Sol Wisenberg, a leading white-collar attorney, referring to Manafort’s suit. “These kinds of things usually don’t prevail.”
Manafort was indicted Oct. 27 on 12 counts related to unlawful financial dealings. He pleaded not guilty in addition to has been contesting the charges. A trial is usually scheduled to begin in May.
The special counsel’s office declined to comment.