Government Asks Judge To Toss Suit By Ex-Trump Campaign Head

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his wife Kathleen arrive at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse January 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. Manafort and his former business partner Richard Gates both pleaded not guilty last year to a 12-charge indictment that included money laundering and conspiracy.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Donald Trump’s former presidential campaign chairman.Paul Manafort was indicted in October in special counsel Robert Mueller’s (MUHL’-urs) Russia investigation. A suit Manafort filed last month challenges the scope of Mueller’s appointment and authority.

The government says in a court filing Friday that a judge should throw out that suit.

Justice Department lawyers say federal courts are prohibited from interfering with ongoing criminal prosecutions — and that Mueller’s been operating properly and not exceeded his authority.

The department says if Manafort believes he’s being unfairly prosecuted, then he can file a motion in his criminal case to seek to have it dismissed.

Manafort is one of four people charged so far in Mueller’s investigation.

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