It’s a big time gamble, but when you’re in a position like this one, what do you really have to lose? Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, and one of the first wave of team Trump to be caught up in the Russian collusion probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has filed a lawsuit challenging the broad authority of Mueller and the Special Counsel. Manfort also alleges that the Justice department violated the law by appointing Mueller. Even though the broad investigation has led to charges against Manafort for money laundering and other charges. I guess he expected the FBI to simply look the other way when they uncovered criminal activities committed by Manafort that weren’t directly attached to the Russia probe?
CNN (@cnn) reports, the suit brought Wednesday in U.S District Court in Washington, where Manafort and another former Trump campaign aide are charged, challenges Mueller’s decision to charge Manafort with alleged crimes they say have nothing to do with the 2016 campaign, but rather relate to lucrative lobbying work Manafort and his deputy did for a former Russia-friendly government in Ukraine. That work ended in 2014, the suit says.
The legal action by Manafort falls right in line with the narrative that Fox News, Breitbart, and practically every right-leaning news outlet and politician has been spewing lately. “The FBI is corrupt and out to get anyone who is not a liberal.” What those spewing this nonsense fail to realize, or does realize and just continues to attempt to create a false narrative, is that, this is how the FBI works. This is how the FBI has always worked. You just don’t realize it until you are the target of an FBI investigation. An FBI investigation running for years and years is nothing new. Yet, every Trump supporter tries to use the length of this investigation as a way to prove innocence. “It’s been over a year. Where are the results?” An FBI investigation carrying over into past crimes committed by a defendant, that may have nothing to do with the current charge being investigated is nothing new. Yet, every Trump supporter will try to use this as a means to say the FBI is corrupt and purposely targeting Trump. As far as I can tell, this FBI investigation is being ran like any other R.I.C.O investigation the FBI has done in the past. If you don’t believe me, Google any La’ Costra Nostra R.I.C.O indictment. The difference with this case involving Manafort and other high profile political figures…..nobody cares when an investigation like this is being ran on a “nobody” but when you start going after politicians, the whole world watches and sees exactly how the FBI works. Manafort’s hail mary attempt to get out of these charges because he feels like he’s being treated unfairly is a pile of nonsense. Get over yourself Paul, the investigation against you and your co-horts is no different than investigations ran on neighborhood drug dealers, mafia members, and narco traffickers by the FBI every single day. If you can get out of your charges because you feel like you are being targeted because you got caught breaking the law, shouldn’t these people be freed from their lengthy prison sentences too?