Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort departs after a motions hearing in his indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., April 4, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Picture
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Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, will try on Thursday to convince a judge to throw out charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, arguing Mueller has overstepped his authority.On Thursday, Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing is expected to tell U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson during a hearing in Washington that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's order in May 2017 appointing Mueller was overly broad, and that Mueller's case falls outside the boundaries of what he was permitted to investigate.Downing presented similar claims in Manafort's civil lawsuit against Mueller and Rosenstein, aiming to convince Jackson to decide that Rosenstein's order naming Mueller was overly broad and violated Justice Department rules on special counsel appointments.
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