The Latest: Manafort sues to challenge Mueller's mandate


The Latest on the Russia investigation (all times local):

2:30 a.m.

Paul Manafort has filed a lawsuit challenging the legal authority of special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia probe. Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, was indicted on charges related to his lobbying work on behalf of a Russia-friendly Ukrainian party. He says prosecutors overstepped their bounds by charging him for conduct he says is unrelated to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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10:30 p.m.

The Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee says the panel has reached an agreement with the Justice Department on witnesses and documents in its probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Rep. Devin Nunes of California said in a statement Wednesday night that he has spoken with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had met privately with House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier Wednesday.

Nunes says he believes the department will soon provide the committee with the documents it had requested and access to the witnesses it had wanted to hear from.

The requested documents include materials related to how the FBI used a dossier of allegations about Donald Trump's ties to Russia.

Nunes sent Rosenstein a letter last week saying he wanted the information by Jan. 3.

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6:30 p.m.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has left a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan concerning the House intelligence committee's probe into Russian interference.

Rosenstein requested the meeting, according to a congressional aide. The aide declined to be named because the meeting was private.

House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes has asked Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray to produce a number of documents related to the Russia investigation. These include materials related to how the agency used a dossier of allegations about Trump's ties to Russia that was partially paid for by Democrats.

Nunes sent Rosenstein a letter last week saying he wanted the information by Jan. 3.

— By Mary Clare Jalonick

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5:20 p.m.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan about the House intelligence committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Rosenstein requested the meeting with Ryan, according to a congressional aide. The aide asked not to be identified because the meeting is private.

Republicans have criticized the Justice Department and the FBI in recent weeks after the revelation of text messages between an FBI counterintelligence agent and an FBI lawyer criticizing Trump. Both had at one point been assigned to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference.

Republicans have also pushed the department to release more documents to the House committee.

The GOP-led House panel has started to wind down its investigation as Democrats have pushed to keep it going.

— By Mary Clare Jalonick

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3:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman is suing special counsel Robert Mueller and the Justice Department.

Paul Manafort alleges in the lawsuit that Mueller exceeded his authority by investigating him for conduct that was not related to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort was indicted in October and has pleaded not guilty.

The suit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Washington.

Manafort's lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment, and a spokesman for Mueller's office declined to comment.


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