Manafort appeals jailing order, dismissal of civil suit against Mueller
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Manafort appeals jailing order, dismissal of civil suit against Mueller

Lawyers for President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, filed an appeal on Monday requesting a federal appeals court to review an order [JURIST report] by District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] that requires Manafort to be detained in jail while he awaits trial on several felony charges.

Additionally, Manafort is refiling a civil suit challenging Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s authority that was dismissed [JURIST report] by Jackson earlier this year.

Jackson’s order revoked Manafort’s house arrest [NYTimes report], forcing him to wait in a Virginia jail until his two trials have completed. Manafort faces three indictments arising out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible Russian influence in US political affairs: the first in October for conspiracy to launder money, making false statements, and conspiracy against the US; and the second [JURIST reports] in February for false individual income tax returns, failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, bank fraud, and others; and the third for trying to persuade witnesses to lie to the jury.

Additionally, Manafort’s legal team is attempting resurrect a civil suit that alleges that the Department of Justice exceeded its authority in appointed the Special Counsel headed by Robert Mueller and that the Special Counsel, even if permitted to exist, exceeded its authority. Initially, the lawsuit sought to have all charges dropped but was later amended to instead request that Jackson nullify a paragraph in Mueller’s appointment order and issue an order protecting Manafort against future prosecutions by Mueller. Jackson dismissed the suit, stating, “a civil case is not the appropriate vehicle for taking issue with what a prosecutor has done in the past or where he might be headed in the future.”