Calling the Justice Department, Rosenstein and Mueller's actions "arbitrary, capricious and not in accordance with the law", Manafort asked the court to set them aside and declare that the special counsel lacks authority to investigate such business dealings.
The Manafort lawsuit names as defendants Mr. Mueller and Mr. Rosenstein, who appointed the special counsel after Attorney General Jeff Sessions bowed out of the Russian Federation investigation.
The Manafort claim affirms Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Mueller have unlawfully surpassed the experts permitted under the law overseeing unique advice arrangements.
Since Mueller began looking into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russians in the 2016 election, the president has repeatedly denied involvement and called the effort a political "witch hunt".
The government's October 27 indictment accuses Manafort and a long-time associate, Rick Gates, of failing to register as agents in the U.S. for political consulting they performed for Ukraine and for pro-Russian politicians there.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort claims in a lawsuit that the order appointing special counsel Robert Mueller improperly gave Mueller the power to investigate matters that are "unmoored" to an investigation of links between the Russian government and the presidential campaign. His indictment includes conduct between 2006 and 2014 - "about a decade before the Trump presidential campaign launched - and have been known to the United States government for many years", the lawsuit claims.
Paul Manafort is suing Robert Mueller, but it might not be for his own benefit
On July 30, 2014, Mr. Manafort voluntarily met with DOJ prosecutors and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to discuss his offshore political consulting activities.
January 3, 2018 (EIRNS)-Paul Manafort filed a civil suit on Wednesday against Rod Rosenstein, Robert Mueller, and the United States Department of Justice.
The lawsuit marks the most direct attempt yet by anyone implicated in the Russian Federation investigation to try and halt the work of the special counsel.
The criminal case is still in its early stages - Manafort and Gates have been fighting in court most recently over the conditions of their release while the case is pending.
An Oct. 27 indictment accuses Manafort and a long-time associate, Rick Gates, of failing to register as agents in the US for political consulting they performed for Ukraine and for pro-Russian politicians there. Manafort pleaded not guilty to those charges.
Manafort "voluntarily met with DOJ prosecutors and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to discuss his offshore political consulting activities" in July 2014, the complaint says. On August 3, a lead prosecutor told Manafort's then-lawyer that Mueller was authorized to prosecute Manafort for tax crimes committed in 2010, the lawsuit said.
"The Office of the Special Counsel charged Mr. Manafort with the very conduct he voluntarily disclosed to DOJ nearly three years prior to the appointment of Mr. Mueller as Special Counsel". Many House Republicans say that the special counsel's probe is tainted by political bias and that it will never give Trump a fair shake.