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Manafort Judge Skeptical of Suit Disputing Mueller Authority

Manafort Judge Skeptical of Suit Disputing Mueller Authority

Pressed by the judge about how Manafort could sue now if he was trying to stop activity by the special counsel's office that hadn't happened yet, Manafort's lead attorney Kevin Downing argued that the harm to Manafort was ongoing because the special counsel's investigation and the grand jury were still active. He has no idea what the possible charges are or what evidence Mueller might have and that lack of control is going to drive him nuts. Manafort claims that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinRosenstein taps longtime prosecutor as deputy Lawyer gets jail time in first sentence of Mueller probe DOJ authorized Mueller to investigate allegations Manafort colluded with Russia MORE's order past year appointing Mueller violated Justice Department policies.

In the heavily redacted memo, Mueller argued that Rosenstein "left no doubt that the conduct that forms the basis for the indictment is within the special counsel's jurisdiction".

Though U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson broached the issue of the government's April 2 brief at Wednesday's proceedings, neither Downing nor attorneys for the Justice Department took the opportunity to address the matter directly.

The Ukrainian connections and payments form the basis of the federal criminal charges Manafort now faces.

The judge noted that the Justice Department regulations Manafort cited explicitly said that they did not create rights that could be enforced in a civil lawsuit.

Manafort's civil lawsuit relies on an arcane law called the Administrative Procedure Act, which spells out the process federal agencies must follow when writing regulations.

A federal judge on Wednesday appeared reluctant to rein in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a probe that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has challenged as overbroad for veering into his overseas lobbying business. It alleges portions of Rosenstein's order laying out Mueller's investigative mandate violate Justice Department rules.

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Mueller is investigating potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation as well as whether the president has unlawfully tried to obstruct the probe.

The criminal indictments against Manafort DC and Virginia state that Manafort's political consulting firm, Davis Manafort Partners Inc., had staff in Russia, Ukraine, and the United States.

He has been charged with a number of felony counts related to financial offenses - including money laundering, fraud and tax evasion, as well as for failing to register as a foreign lobbyist - in connection with his decade of work on behalf of a Russia-friendly Ukrainian political party before joining Trump's campaign.

But Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday filed a court document that showed that Rosenstein had given him broad authority to investigate Manafort for a variety of potential crimes, including his ties to the former government of Ukraine, including former President Viktor Yanukovych.

"Nobody challenges prosecutions under the APA", Jackson said while questioning Downing.

Downing said it didn't undercut their case, pointing out that they were no longer pursuing the claim that Mueller exceeded his authority under the appointment order.

Justice Department lawyers are expected to bring up this point on Wednesday, saying the proper way to tackle alleged defects in the indictment is by raising them in the criminal case directly.

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