Trump's ex-campaign manager Manafort sues Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 03, 2018 3:25 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort sued Robert Mueller on Wednesday, alleging that the special counsel's wide-ranging investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia exceeded his legal authority and needed to be reined in.

Manafort's civil lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, named both Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller in May and is tasked with overseeing the special counsel's operations.

It accused 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 lawsuit asked the court to have the case against Manafort dismissed. A spokesman for Mueller's office declined to comment.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Peter Cooney)