Manafort's Lawsuit Taking Aim at Mueller Is Tossed Out of Court

Manafort's Lawsuit Taking Aim at Mueller Is Tossed Out of Court

Manafort's Lawsuit Taking Aim at Mueller Is Tossed Out of Court

The court refused to satisfy the civil suit of the former head of the electoral headquarters of Donald trump Paul Manafort who tried to challenge the authority of the special Prosecutor for the investigation of the Russian intervention in elections in 2016.

"A civil case is not the appropriate vehicle for taking issue with what a prosecutor has done in the past or where he might be headed in the future", Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the US District Court in Washington, DC, wrote Friday.

None of the charges relate directly to work Manafort performed for Trump's campaign, however, and he has sought to have them dismissed on the grounds that U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ran afoul of the Justice Department's rules governing the hiring of special counsels by giving Mueller too much investigative power.

Mr. Manafort is facing dozens of charges of money laundering, bank fraud, tax evasion and failing to register as a foreign agent in connection to work he did for years on behalf of Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine who was an ally of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russian Federation.

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"Since it is not clear at this point what actions, if any, the Special Counsel will take with respect to Manafort, and whether those future actions will be subject to attack for the same reasons set forth in the complaint, prudential considerations weigh against hearing an action to prohibit them now", Jackson wrote.

Jackson stressed, though, that her order in the civil case does not address the pending motions in Manafort's criminal cases and "should not be read as expressing any opinion" about the merits of those arguments.

From the order of Rosenstein, on the appointment of müller, it follows that spectracolor is empowered to investigate Russia's intervention in elections in 2016, a possible connection or coordination between the members of the electoral headquarters of the trump and Russians, as well as "any issues that have emerged or may arise during the investigation".

Jackson also called the prospect of additional charges against Manafort "purely speculative".

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Rosenstein took over the special counsel investigation past year after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from matters related to the President Donald Trump campaign. Jackson said Manafort has an "adequate remedy at law in the form of his pending motions to dismiss or future motions to dismiss".

Manafort is separately challenging Mueller's appointment in those cases, and has asked judges to dismiss the indictments filed against him to date. The Justice Department had moved for dismissal of the lawsuit.

Jackson also oversees Manafort's criminal case in Washington.

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