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Paul Manafort sues Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Source : 112 Ukraine

Manafort’s civil lawsuit accuses Rosenstein of exceeding his legal authority to grant Mueller carte blanche to investigate and pursue criminal charges
10:12, 4 January 2018

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President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort sued Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday, alleging that his office’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia exceeds its legal authority, Reuters reports.

Manafort’s civil lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, accuses Rosenstein of exceeding his legal authority to “grant Mr. Mueller carte blanche to investigate and pursue criminal charges in connection with anything he stumbles across.”

“The investigation has focused on Mr. Manafort’s offshore business dealings that date back to as early as 2005 - about a decade before the Trump presidential campaign launched,” the lawsuit said.

It added that Manafort voluntarily disclosed all of the information about his Ukraine work to the Justice Department in July 2014 as part of a since-closed investigation into stolen assets.

In addition to the indictments of Manafort and Gates, Mueller’s office has secured guilty pleas for lying to the FBI from Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign aide George Papadopoulos.

Related: While working for Yanukovych, Manafort took at least 18 trips to Moscow

Both those cases, unlike the Manafort indictment, relate to Flynn and Papadopoulos’ communications with Russians during their work for the Trump campaign.

As it was reported earlier, the FBI is investigating whether Manafort and the consulting firms he led earned between $80 million and $100 million over a decade from pro-Moscow Ukrainian and Russian clients

Related: Manafort to be released from under house arrest

Also in the US Manafort and his partner Gates are accused of 12 episodes. The prosecution incriminates them with violations of federal tax law, conspiracy against the US, conspiracy to launder money, acting as a foreign agent without the necessary registration, as well as false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts. Also it is a question of his possible business relations with the ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.

Moreover, Manafort and his associate Rick Gates who worked on the election campaign of Trump are connected with the Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs that paid them the significant amounts of money.

Related: Manafort may have been involved in Ukraine’s not signing EU Association Agreement in 2013

to launder money, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts. None of the charges, however, mention his part in meddling in the presidential election by Russia.

The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine investigates two cases involving Paul Manafort. The first one is about the embezzlement of the funds of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and second concerns the materials on the black ledger.

Related: US does not provide Ukraine with information on Manafort case

 

 

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