Mr. Manafort, charged, among others, for conspiracy against the United States in this case, request the abandonment of the proceedings against him.
The "Russian Inquiry" has not finished punctuating Donald Trump's presidency. His former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, filed a complaint against special prosecutor Robert Mueller on Wednesday, January 3, ruling that he had exceeded his legal authority in "The Russian inquiry" he directs.
The lawsuits, filed at a Columbia District Court in Washington State, involve Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed him special prosecutor in May to head the US Supreme Court. investigation into Russian interference in the US presidential election and suspicions of collusion between Donald Trump's campaign team and Moscow.
Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were charged in October with twelve counts, including conspiracy against the United States and money laundering in connection with this investigation.
Abandonment of the prosecutions claimed
The Russian case began in 2015, when US intelligence reported a first Russian intrusion into the Democratic Party's digital network. A first investigation was opened in July 2016 by the FBI, but it was not confirmed publicly by its director, James Comey, until March 30, 2017, before a parliamentary commission.
Donald Trump, elected on November 8, 2016 and invested on January 20, 2017, will meet twice with James Comey, demanding that he " loyalty " and suggesting he give up tracks about Michael Flynn, his national security advisor.
On May 9, Donald Trump dismissed James Comey as FBI director, raising fears of a possible abandonment of the investigation. But the appointment of Robert Mueller as special prosecutor in charge of the investigation on May 17 led, several months later, to three first charges, including that of Paul Manafort.
The latter now accuses Rod Rosenstein of having exceeded his prerogatives by giving the special prosecutor Robert Mueller "Carte blanche to investigate and institute criminal proceedings in connection with anything he might find". Mr. Manafort therefore requests the discontinuation of the proceedings against him. His spokesman declined to comment.