Today is an exceptionally stupid news day. It essentially began with President Trump’s tweet threatening nuclear war last night, which was quickly eclipsed by the blood feud between Trump and Steve Bannon that spilled out in to public, and now we have another absurd item to add to our agenda: a lawsuit filed against the Department of Justice by a man who has already been indicted by the Department of Justice saying that the Department of Justice didn’t have the right to indict him. Manafort is alleging that special counsel Robert Mueller is operating outside the authority given to him by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Per the complaint filed today:
This is a civil action under the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§701 et seq.; the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. §2201; and for injunctive relief to restrict public officers to their lawful authority, against the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”), Acting Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, and Robert S. Mueller III.
There is a lot of legalese in this lawsuit to parse through, so instead of jumping back and forth between the law and the lawsuit, I’ll leave you with legal experts’ snap reaction to this seemingly laughable case.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.