Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for Donald J. Trump, is suing Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over the ongoing Russia collusion probe.
Manafort’s legal team claims the probe has gone beyond the scope of the special counsel regulations.
The news of the suit was announced Wednesday afternoon after an 18-page civil complaint was filed with the district court in Washington.
The filing reads in part, “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.’”
Manafort pleaded not guilty to a 12-count indictment in October that included allegations of money laundering and making false statements to investigators about his dealing with the Ukraine.
The complaint continued, “Those alleged dealings had no connection whatsoever to the 2016 presidential election or even to Donald Trump.” Manafort’s legal team is asking the court “to hold those actions unlawful and set them aside.”
According to the complaint, Mueller was given additional authority to pursue “any matters that arose or may arise from that investigation.”
Manafort’s legal team alleges the deputy attorney general went beyond his “authority to appoint a special council as well as specific restrictions on the scope of such appointments.”
Manafort alleges he’s been “injured” by the investigation, causing him “significant reputational harm, has exposed him to invasions of his personal privacy, and has forced him to incur substantial costs and expenses to defend himself.”