Manafort sues Mueller, Justice Department over Russia probe

Manafort sues Mueller, DOJFormer Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort filed a lawsuit against Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the U.S. Justice Department in federal court on Wednesday, arguing that the federal probe that charged him is operating outside the law.

Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates were indicted by a federal grand jury in October on 12 counts, including conspiracy to launder money and failure to register as a foreign agent, for their work as lobbyists on behalf of a Ukranian political party.

In the lawsuit filed in D.C. District Court, Manafort argued that the authority Rosenstein gave Mueller when he appointed him to investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia was too broad. Rosenstein gave Mueller the authority to also investigate "any matters that arose or may arise directly from" that investigation.

"That exceeds the scope of Mr. Rosenstein's authority to appoint special counsel as well as specific restrictions on the scope of such appointments," the lawsuit said, arguing that Mueller has been given "carte blanche" to investigate "anything he stumbles across while investigating, no matter how remote."