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DOJ requests dismissal of Manafort suit against Mueller

The Department of Justice filed Friday evening for the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, against Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the DOJ itself. Manafort is under indictment as part of Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling, an investigation overseen by Rosenstein and the DOJ.

Friday's filing denies Manafort's allegation that Mueller has operated beyond "the scope of his authority, including with respect to Manafort's ongoing criminal prosecution." "These claims lack merit," said Rosenstein.

Read more about Manafort's lawsuit here, and read The Week's Ryan Cooper on the message the Manafort indictment sends to elite criminals.