There’s an old saying you may have heard but which former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has apparently forgotten: Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.
On Wednesday, Manafort filed suit against Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Justice Department, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — who appointed Mueller — because he alleges that Mueller charged him with crimes which are not directly tied to the 2016 campaign. As CNN reports:
“The Manafort lawsuit alleges Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Mueller have unlawfully exceeded the authorities allowed under the law governing special counsel appointments. The lawsuit contends that the order Rosenstein signed to appoint Mueller ‘exceeds the scope of Mr. Rosenstein’s authority to appoint special counsel as well as specific restrictions on the scope of such appointments.'”
The DOJ immediately fired back at Manafort, all but laughing at Manafort and his attorneys:
“The lawsuit is frivolous but the defendant is entitled to file whatever he wants.”
Manafort’s lawsuit, however, does give us some additional information about just how extensively Mueller is looking into the Russia matter. Specifically, Mueller’s team of prosecutors has already issued over 100 subpoenas in the case against Manafort and his former business partner, Rick Gates, who has also been indicted.
In the lawsuit filed by Manafort in the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C., Manafort’s attorneys argue:
“The Rosenstein order gives Mueller ‘carte blanche to investigate and pursue criminal charges in connection with anything he stumbles across while investigating, no matter how remote from the specific matter identified as the subject of the appointment order.'”
Aren’t federal investigators usually given “carte blanche,” especially when the national security of the United States is at stake?
Manafort and Gates are facing 12 criminal charges in the indictments filed by Mueller in October of last year. Those charges include money laundering, failure to file federal disclosures, and conspiracy against the United States.
So whine on, Brother Manafort. You ain’t seen nothing yet.
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