President Trump’s former campaign chair doesn’t have a case in his lawsuit against FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to one legal expert.
“For lawyers this is frivolous and really silly,” Jed Shugerman, Fordham University Law Professor, told Cheddar. “I think what Manafort is trying to do is play to the base. And he also may be trying to send a message to Trump: ‘Look I’m trying to get rid of Mueller for you, how about a pardon?’”
Manafort was charged by Mueller back in October with failing to file offshore bank accounts and register as a foreign agent. His lawsuit, which also names Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as a defendant, argues that the charges are not connected to the investigation into Russia’s tampering with the 2016 presidential election.
But Shugerman says the suit may end up proving just the opposite.
“All this lawsuit would do is affirm that Rod Rosenstein has given [Mueller] this broad authority,” he said. “And even more damaging to Manafort would be that Rosenstein would take this as a chance to explain why the finances and the financial ties with Russia and Ukraine relate more directly to the Trump campaign.”
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