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Mueller outlines scope of Russia probe in court filing

By Sarah N. Lynch

 

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FILE PHOTO: FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Federal Bureau of Investigation oversight on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office on Thursday gave a federal court a classified memo describing the extent of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and other related crimes.

 

The memo was filed in response to questions raised in the court in Virginia two weeks ago by Judge T.S. Ellis that Mueller should not have "unfettered powers."

 

Ellis demanded to see an unredacted copy of the August 2017 memo written by U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that defined Mueller's investigative mandate.

 

Ellis will review the memo before deciding whether or not to dismiss charges against President Donald Trump's former election campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

 

Manafort has argued that Rosenstein granted Mueller too much scope when he was appointed exactly a year ago, and that Mueller is exceeding that authority.

 

Trump's allies have also accused Mueller of exceeding the boundaries laid out by Rosenstein, and questioned whether he is authorized to pursue possible financial crimes committed by Manafort and others.

 

Mueller has indicted Manafort in federal courts in Virginia and Washington D.C. with an array of allegations of money-laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent, to bank and tax fraud. Manafort has pleaded not guilty.

 

The judge overseeing the Washington case earlier this week refused Manafort's request that he dismiss the charges there.

 

When Mueller was appointed special counsel on May 17, 2017, Rosenstein said the probe would include "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation" into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

 

Russia denies interfering in the 2016 election, and Trump has said there was no collusion with Russia.

 

In August, Rosenstein authorized Mueller to investigate allegations that Manafort may have "committed a crime or crimes arising out of payments he received from the Ukrainian government" before and while pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych was in office.

 

Some of Mueller's actions remain under seal. He also has indicted more than 15 others, including 13 Russians and three Russian companies.

 

Five people have pleaded guilty, including former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has admitted making false statements to the FBI, and longtime Manafort business partner Rick Gates.

 

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and John Walcott; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Grant McCool)

 
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"other related crimes"   maybe the US interfering in other countries?  or is it just Big Bad Russia?  lol  

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

When Mueller was appointed special counsel on May 17, 2017, Rosenstein said the probe would include "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation" into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

Why did Rosenstein change the memo(8/17) after they raided Manafort house(7/17). If the original letter to Mueller said, Mueller has the power to investigate anything he finds while investigating Russian collusion .Why add redacted scope!

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Just a delaying tactic by Manafort who faces a trial in Virginia on July 10.  If the charges are dismissed, they will be refiled by the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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4 hours ago, BobBKK said:

"other related crimes"   maybe the US interfering in other countries?  or is it just Big Bad Russia?  lol  

Whataboutary 

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2 hours ago, riclag said:

Why did Rosenstein change the memo(8/17) after they raided Manafort house(7/17). If the original letter to Mueller said, Mueller has the power to investigate anything he finds while investigating Russian collusion .Why add redacted scope!

Source of your claim that Rosenstein changed the memo in the time sequence you have given?

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1 hour ago, dave_boo said:

A bit embarrassing as an American. 

 

While I didn't vote for the orange canary, this obvious witch hunt is a black eye for us on the world stage. If one is to dig hard enough they could find felony offenses on any citizen. 

 

The incessant cheerleading by sore losers is soul crushing prosaicness defined. Don't like the fact that your team lost? Work inside the system so you win next time. Reach out to those 'dumb hicks' in the fly over states rather than denigrating them. Don't appreciate the fact that the majority can not steamroll the minority? Introduce an Amendment. But remember that majorities change and some day you may miss those protections. 

 

So while 4 years of being the laughing stock stings; taking the low road just implies that all of us deserve ridicule.

This obvious witch hunt has put one witch in the slammer and five witches have pleaded guilty.

 

More to come.

 

And as a point of correction the majority voted for Clinton.

 

Their vote steamrolled by the electoral college.

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4 hours ago, BobBKK said:

"other related crimes"   maybe the US interfering in other countries?  or is it just Big Bad Russia?  lol  

Suck it up authoritarian fan 🙄

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2 hours ago, Chomper Higgot said:

Source of your claim that Rosenstein changed the memo in the time sequence you have given?

5-17- original letter to Mueller,

"The FBI conducted a predawn July raid on the home of President Donald Trump's campaign chairman", 

http://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-paul-manafort-home-raid-russia-probe-2017-8

"In light of the Special Counsel’s public acknowledgement of the August 2 memo", 

https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/doj-considering-releasing-redacted-portions-of-rosenstein-memo/

Expanding the scope Rosenstein testimony at the senate commitee

https://www.weeklystandard.com/michael-warren/white-house-watch-is-the-mueller-investigation-expanding-its-scope

 

OP-Why did Rosenstein change the memo(8/17) after they raided Manafort house(7/17). If the original letter to Mueller said, Mueller has the power to investigate anything he finds while investigating Russian collusion .Why add redacted scope!

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7 minutes ago, riclag said:

5-17- original letter to Mueller,

"The FBI conducted a predawn July raid on the home of President Donald Trump's campaign chairman", 

http://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-paul-manafort-home-raid-russia-probe-2017-8

"In light of the Special Counsel’s public acknowledgement of the August 2 memo", 

https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/doj-considering-releasing-redacted-portions-of-rosenstein-memo/

Expanding the scope Rosenstein testimony at the senate commitee

https://www.weeklystandard.com/michael-warren/white-house-watch-is-the-mueller-investigation-expanding-its-scope

 

OP-Why did Rosenstein change the memo(8/17) after they raided Manafort house(7/17). If the original letter to Mueller said, Mueller has the power to investigate anything he finds while investigating Russian collusion .Why add redacted scope!

Firstly, thanks for providing the links, there’s so much information in this case it’s very easy to miss some of it, so thanks again.

 

The way I read the reports you’ve linked is there is only one memo; the raw interacted text and the redacted text, I don’t see any evidence of a ‘revised’ memo.

 

Redacting text during an investigation is of course common place and should certainly be expected were the case include matters of national security.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Chomper Higgot said:

Firstly, thanks for providing the links, there’s so much information in this case it’s very easy to miss some of it, so thanks again.

 

The way I read the reports you’ve linked is there is only one memo; the raw interacted text and the redacted text, I don’t see any evidence of a ‘revised’ memo.

 

Redacting text during an investigation is of course common place and should certainly be expected were the case include matters of national security.

 

 

The original 1 page  letter with no redaction was to investigate RI and anything that comes during the investigation.

The memo which came later(8/17) is the new scope which is redacted

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2 hours ago, riclag said:

The original 1 page  letter with no redaction was to investigate RI and anything that comes during the investigation.

The memo which came later(8/17) is the new scope which is redacted

Where is this original 1 page memo with no redaction? If it's not redacted, then it should be able to be read in full. I have found absolutely no source for it on the internet. All I have found is a redacted version of the memo dated aug 2, 2017.

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