Turley: Manafort's Lawsuit Against Robert Mueller 'Will Fail Fairly Quickly'
Jonathan Turley does not believe former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort stands any chance in court against Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Justice Department.
On Wednesday, Manafort filed a civil complaint against Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, alleging the Russia probe has gone beyond the scope of the special counsel regulations. Manafort and business partner Rick Gates were indicted in October as part of Mueller's probe on a slew of charges, including money laundering.
"The investigation of Mr. Manafort is completely unmoored from the special counsel's original jurisdiction to investigate ‘any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,'" the complaint stated.
Reacting on "America's Newsroom," the George Washington University law professor said Manafort has a "good point but a bad case."
He predicted the lawsuit would "fail fairly quickly in the federal courts." Turley explained that the mandate for Mueller's investigation, written by Rosenstein, was "incredibly broad" and allows Mueller to look into "anything that arose" over the course of the investigation that could be criminal.
"Courts, like most citizens, generally don't react well to accused felons saying I was caught by the wrong cop," Turley explained.
But Turley said there is no doubt that the charges against Manafort are far removed from the original purpose of Mueller's investigation, which was Russian interference in the 2016 election and alleged collusion by the Trump campaign.
Watch his analysis above.