MANAFORT HITS BACK! TALK ABOUT A DAVID AND GOLIATH SITUATION!
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has sued special counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice in U.S. federal court, alleging that Mueller has strayed beyond the scope of the investigation he was authorized to pursue.
Manafort’s suit also alleges the order appointing Mueller exceeds the deputy attorney general’s authority. As a result, all actions taken by the special counsel “must be set aside,” it argues.
“The actions of DOJ and Mr. Rosenstein in issuing the Appointment Order, and Mr. Mueller’s actions pursuant to the authority the Order granted him, were arbitrary, capricious, and not in accordance with the law,” the suit reads.
The appointment order authorizing Mueller as special counsel permits him to investigate any matters that “may arise directly from the investigation.” Experts have said it gives Mueller wide latitude to determine the course of his investigation.
“I think it’s going to be an uphill battle,” said Sol Wisenberg, a leading white-collar attorney, referring to Manafort’s suit. “These kinds of things usually don’t prevail.”
Manafort was indicted Oct. 27 on 12 counts related to unlawful financial dealings. He pleaded not guilty and has been contesting the charges. A trial is scheduled to begin in May.
REMEMBER THAT THE FBI WENT WAY OVERBOARD WITH THE RAID:
MUELLER’S FBI RAID Of Paul Manafort and Wife Proves Special Council’s Agents Playing Too Rough
The intimidation tactics of Mueller’s FBI are way off base according to reports that claim Mrs. Manafort was “manhandled”:
Just how rough special counsel Robert Mueller is playing with Paul Manafort goes back before this week’s indictment — to the FBI’s no-knock raid in July.
It has been reported that the agents checked Mr. Manafort and wife Kathleen for guns as they broke into the Alexandria condo pre-dawn by picking the lock.
A source familiar with the case told The Washington Times the search was even more intrusive: An agent patted down Mrs. Manafort before she was allowed to get out of bed.
“Agents felt up Mrs. Manafort lying in bed to see if she had guns,” the source said of the intimidation.
In all, 12 FBI agents entered the home, guns drawn, and stayed for hours.
The aggressive search of a prone sleepy woman is, the source said, a hallmark of Mr. Mueller’s top prosecutor, Andrew Weissmann. A former mob prosecutor in New York, he specializes in turning witnesses against bigger prey and is not afraid to make things rough for spouses, too.
“Weissmann will want to maximize the trauma to his family,” said Sidney Powell, a Dallas appeals attorney critical of his tactics.
A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment.