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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

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. ... "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.

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This looks like the rich version of convicted criminals who try to sue the prosecutor for doing their job.

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Looks like Manafort just lobbed a few snowballs at Hell...

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-03 04:23 PM | Reply

Mueller should show the judge this and ask for summary judgement; just to be petty:

ORDER NO. 3915-2017
APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL COUNSEL
TO INVESTIGATE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE WITH THE
2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND RELATED MATTERS

By virtue of the authority vested in me as Acting Attorney General, including 28 U.S.C.
§§ 509, 510, and 515, in order to discharge my responsibility to provide supervision and
management of the Department of Justice, and to ensure a full and thorough investigation of the
Russian govemmenfs efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, I hereby order as
follows:

(a) Robert S. Mueller III is appointed t() serve as Specia] Counsel for the United States
Department of Justice.

(b) The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confinned by then-FBI
Director James 8. Corney in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on
Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:

(i) any links and/or coordination bet ween the Russian government and individuals
associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and

(ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and

(iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a).

(c) If the Special Counsel believes it is necessary and appropriate, the Special Counsel is
authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters.

(d) Sections 600.4 through 600. l 0 of Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations are
applicable to the Special Counsel

#2 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-03 04:57 PM | Reply

His attnys musta been bored... and already paid.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-03 07:27 PM | Reply

This is to give cover to Trump when he pardons manafort.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2018-01-03 07:35 PM | Reply

It's not fair!

I will tell him the same thing my dad always told me when I cried, "it's not fair!"

All he has to do is produce his Fair Contract.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-03 07:36 PM | Reply

...Ollie did that, against Walsh.

#6 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-03 09:15 PM | Reply

Really sounds like Manafort is plea bargaining doesn't it?

All that talk about Manafort turning on Trump, seems to be just that talk ....

Mueller is serving a big nothing burger slop and the DR left is at the trough.

#7 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-01-04 12:23 AM | Reply

ANDRE

"Really sounds like Manafort is plea bargaining doesn't it? "

Naw, he's just grasping at straws trying to delay the inevitable. Mueller must have a really good case against him after that raid on his house.

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-04 12:36 AM | Reply

This is a case of money laundering that Mueller uncovered during the course of the Russian investigation. It has nothing to do with Manafort's activities as Campaign Manager for Trump. Manafort is challenging Mueller's authority under the mandate, which is ridiculous and will probably get thrown out.

I suppose he could plea bargain a lighter sentence on money laundering if he agreed to turn states evidence on Trump. There other charges pending that DO involve Manafort's (and Page's) connections to Russia on behalf of the Trump campaign.

I don't know what the extenuating circumstances are in the Mueller camp. So it's hard to say.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-04 02:40 AM | Reply

"Mueller is serving a big nothing burger slop and the DR left is at the trough."

Then why would Manafort be spending thousands on lawyers? You can't "pretend" away the seriousness of the crimes that have been committed against our country.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-04 07:49 AM | Reply

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All that talk about Manafort turning on Trump, seems to be just that talk ....

#7 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-01-04 12:23 AM | Reply

You're rooting for Manafort and Trump. What's your motivation? A desire for clean government?

#11 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-04 08:30 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Then why would Manafort be spending thousands on lawyers?

#10 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-04 07:49 AM | Reply

A cornered rat always seeks to bite.

#12 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-04 08:32 AM | Reply

DANNI

"Then why would Manafort be spending thousands on lawyers? "

It is odd. They could have filed for a dismissal on the same grounds.

Maybe they see Manafort as a bottomless pit of billing hours.

#13 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-04 09:26 AM | Reply

"Maybe they see Manafort as a bottomless pit of billing hours."

It's just money, compared to his freedom probably not important. Last I heard he's wearing one of those anc ankle bracelets so the authorities know where he is at all times, for a man of his stature that must really bother him. Mueller ought to get Trump to wear one too.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-04 10:43 AM | Reply

This is a public relations move by Manafort and nothing more. If his argument had any merit he'd have simply filed a motion to dismiss the indictment, but filing your own lawsuit gets more fanfare and provides trumptard congressmen with more BS to lob at Mueller.

#15 | Posted by JOE at 2018-01-04 11:11 AM | Reply

JOE ~ you passed th exam if I recall. Aren't there repercussions for wasting the courts time with frivilous lawsuits?

#16 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-04 12:21 PM | Reply

#16 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

Clearly not or Peter Thiel wouldn't have been able to used the judicial system as a tool to bankrupt enemies, regardless of the legitimacy of the case.

#17 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-04 01:37 PM | Reply

Mueller is serving a big nothing burger slop and the DR left is at the trough.

#7 | Posted by AndreaMackris

www.theatlantic.com

"On June 3, 2016 at 10:36 AM, Rob Goldstone wrote:

Good morning

Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting.

The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.

This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump."

"On June 3, 2016 at 10:53 AM, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:

Thanks Rob I appreciate that. I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back?

Best,

Don"

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-01-04 01:48 PM | Reply

Mueller is serving a big nothing burger slop and the DR left is at the trough.

#7 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

You can't possibly be dumb enough to believe that.

#19 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-04 02:11 PM | Reply

Aren't there repercussions for wasting the courts time with frivilous lawsuits?

#16 | POSTED BY TWINPAC AT 2018-01-04 12:21 PM

Under FRCP 11 he and his lawyers could face sanctions for filing this action, which obviously does not have a good faith basis in law or fact.

Manafort and his counsel will get a Rule 11 letter and have a grace period to dismiss it without sanction, otherwise the defendants will file a Rule 12(b) motion along with a request for Rule 11 sanctions and most likely win both.

#20 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-04 02:18 PM | Reply

On a related note, Gropenfuhrers lawyers are conducting a masterful marketing campaign for Wolffe's book. At not cost to the publisher and author. What a group of geniuses these guys are.

Just like the average righty, if brains were TNT they wouldn't be able to blow their nose.

#21 | Posted by Reagan58 at 2018-01-04 03:04 PM | Reply

RIGHT

So who is trying to fool whom with this lawsuit? I don't get the motive behind it.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-04 04:16 PM | Reply

I don't practice criminal law so I don't know what, if anything, this would have on that proceeding. From a Civil side, I can't imagine a Federal Judge would allow this to proceed under the circumstances.

Seems pretty quixotic to me.

#23 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-04 08:55 PM | Reply

RIGHT

"Seems pretty quixotic to me."

Hmmmmmm. Foolish optimism doesn't sound like a risk a seasoned attorney would take. Nor does a guaranteed failure for their client first crack out of the box.

Very odd.

#24 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-05 02:22 AM | Reply

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