- Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has sued special counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice in U.S. federal court
- “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.
- All actions taken by the special counsel “must be set aside,” Manafort’s lawyers argue.
“The investigation of Mr. Manafort is completely unmoored from the Special Counsel’s original jurisdiction to investigate ‘any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,’ ” the complaint reads.
“It has instead focused on unrelated, decade-old business dealings-specifically, Ukraine political campaign consulting activities of Mr. Manafort.”
In the lawsuit, Manafort says that he met with DOJ prosecutors and the FBI on July 30, 2014 to discuss his Ukrainian lobbying work. During the interview, the DOJ “maintained that they were assisting the Ukrainian government in locating stolen assets,” Manafort said, adding that the investigation was closed soon after the interview.
“The Office of the Special Counsel charged Mr. Manafort with the very conduct he voluntarily disclosed to DOJ almost three years prior to the appointment of Mr. Mueller as Special Counsel,” the complaint said.
The case was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. It is assigned to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
The judge was reportedly considered by Barack Obama as a replacement for Judge Scalia. She is also related by marriage to Paul Ryan (!) Jackson married surgeon Patrick G. Jackson. He is the twin brother of Ryan’s brother-in-law.