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Manafort sues Mueller, claiming special counsel exceeded his authority

Paul Manafort filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that special counsel Robert Mueller had exceeded his authority in indicting the former Trump campaign chairman on money laundering and tax-related charges.


Paul Manafort filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that special counsel Robert Mueller had exceeded his authority in indicting the former Trump campaign chairman on money laundering and tax-related charges.

The lawsuit asks a federal judge in Washington to throw out the order issued by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May that appointed Mueller to investigate any links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, as well as any issues arising from that inquiry.

It also seeks to toss the indictment against Manafort and requests an order barring Mueller from pursuing similar investigations.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment. A Justice Department spokeswoman called the suit “frivolous.”

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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