Manafort, who has pleaded "not guilty" to various counts of conspiracy against the United States, among other things, accused the DOJ, Mueller and Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of overreaching with criminal charges, according to a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. "Prosecutors in Mr. Mueller's office have admitted that the Special Counsel's investigation of Mr. Manafort concerns conduct that has nothing to do with the charges in the Appointment Order's original jurisdiction clause", it states.
Mueller's spokesman, Peter Carr, said he hadn't seen the filing and declined to comment.
Mr. Downing said no laundering occurred; Mr. Manafort simply transferred funds from his Cypress account to American accounts, which are fully traceable by the Treasury Department. "Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein asked to meet with the speaker and we accommodated the request", Ryan's office told Fox News, adding that FBI Director Christopher Wray meant to meet with Ryan as well.
Akerman said the suit even quoted a regulation that makes it clear Mueller has the authority to investigate new matters he uncovers, with the Attorney General deciding whether he keeps the case or it gets assigned elsewhere.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, right, arrives into Union Station in Washington, DC.
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The suit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Washington.
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His roster of clients, some with unsavoury reputations, included deposed Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. But it also authorizes Mueller to probe "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation".
Special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating possible collusion between Trump associates and Russian Federation in the 2016 election.
The Rosenstein arrange gives Mueller "unlimited authority to research and seek after criminal accusations regarding anything he unearths while examining, regardless of how remote from the particular issue recognized as the subject of the arrangement arrange", the claim says.
He said that during the 2014 interview, he discussed in detail his activities in Ukraine, his relationships with diplomats in Kyiv, and his offshore banking in Cyprus.
If Mueller had in fact gone too far in charging Manafort, it would be up to the attorney general to call him on the conduct - and ultimately up to the president to withdraw the charges. Those efforts evoke the scandals of President Bill Clinton's administration and his White House's attempt to portray the independent counsel, Kenneth W. Starr, as a partisan who had run amok.
The lawsuit provides fodder for Republicans who are trying to discredit Mr. Mueller's investigation.
The suit likewise refers to the July FBI strike on Manafort's home, in which the unique insight group said it was looking for records of conceivable monetary wrongdoings dating to January 2006 - 10 years before the presidential battle Mueller is researching.
Politico's story adds that the civil lawsuit is likely to be turned over to the same Obama-appointed judge now handling the criminal case.