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- Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is suing special counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the US Department of Justice.
- Manafort was indicted in October on a range of charges, including money laundering and tax fraud.
- Manafort used the laundered money to fund a lavish lifestyle for himself and his family, including multimillion-dollar homes and antique furnishings, the indictment says.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort filed a civil lawsuit against special counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the US Department of Justice, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.
Manafort is accusing Rosenstein of exceeding his power by appointing Mueller to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia and “any matters that arose or may arise directly from” the initial inquiry.
By looking into his finances and offshore business dealings that go as far back as 2005, Manafort alleged that Mueller’s scrutiny went “far beyond” investigating whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian actors.
Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates were indicted by a grand jury in October on a range of charges, including money laundering and tax fraud. The men are accused of laundering more than $21 million – more than $18 million by Manafort and more than $3 million by Gates – from 2006 to at least 2016. They pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The indictment says that from 2008 to 2014, Manafort used offshore accounts to wire over $12 million to fund a luxurious lifestyle and an additional $6.4 million to purchase two New York City properties – a condominium on Howard Street and a brownstone on Union Street – and a house in Arlington, Virginia.
Keep scrolling to see the vendors of the lavish “personal items” the indictment says Manafort bought using funds in offshore accounts.
$20,000: Housekeeping in New York
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$31,900: Purchases from an art gallery in Florida
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$46,000: Property management company in South Carolina
- Flickr / David Shankbone
$273,455: Payments related to four Range Rovers and a Mercedes-Benz
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This figure includes $163,705 in payments for three Range Rovers, $47,000 for a separate purchase of a Range Rover, and $62,750 for a Mercedes-Benz.
$558,137: Contractors in Florida and Virginia
This includes $125,650 paid to a contractor in Virginia and $432,487 paid to a contractor in Florida.
$500,000: Investment company
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$520,440: Clothing store in Beverly Hills, California
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$820,240: Landscaper in the Hamptons, New York
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This includes separate payments of $164,740 and $655,500 to landscapers in the Hamptons.
$849,215: Men’s clothing store in New York
$1,432,106: Home automation and home entertainment companies in Florida and New York
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This includes $1,319,281 paid to a home automation, lighting, and home entertainment company in Florida, and $112,825 paid to an audio, video, and control system home integration installation company in the Hamptons.
$1,658,260: Antiques in New York and Virginia
This includes $623,910 paid to an antique dealer in New York, as well as $934,350 paid to an antique rug store and $100,000 to a related vendor in Alexandria, Virginia.
$5,434,793: Home improvement company in the Hamptons
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