Last Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected most of the arguments made by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in his lawsuit which seeks to limit the scope of Mueller’s special counsel investigation, as reported by Reuters.
Manafort’s civil lawsuit relies in part on a law which dictates how federal agencies write regulations: The Administrative Procedure Act. Manafort’s lawyer claims that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s order, in which the special counsel was created and Mueller was appointed, violated Justice Department policies. The suit further claims that Mueller does not have the authority to investigate any allegations against Paul Manafort regarding anything prior to his time on Trump’s campaign.
Mueller’s team rebutted: “None of the authorities Manafort cites justifies dismissing an indictment signed by a duly appointed Department of Justice prosecutor based on an asserted regulatory violation, and none calls into question the jurisdiction of this court.”
Last Monday, a heavily redacted memo also filed by the special counsel’s office was released, in which it was revealed that Rod Rosenstein gave Robert Mueller explicit the authority to investigate Manafort’s Ukraine work, in addition to investigating whether he “committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials” during the 2016 presidential race.
“I don’t really understand what is left of your case,” Berman reportedly told Manafort’s attorney, Kevin Downing.
Back in February, Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Manafort’s proposal to pledge his property in Alexandria, VA as part of his $10 million bond was “unsatisfactory,” as the property is already pledged as collateral for a loan on one of Manafort’s other properties. She also ruled that he must prove he is current with his mortgage payments on another property located on New York’s Fifth Avenue in order for that property to be pledged as part of his bond.
Maybe Paul Manafort’s legal team needs to stop trying her patience.