Offbeat Mueller's office files unredacted memo outlining scope of Russia probe-filing

19:56  17 may  2018
19:56  17 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Mueller lawyers seek to prevent their ouster with dual filings

  Mueller lawyers seek to prevent their ouster with dual filings Lawyers from special counsel Robert Mueller's team have filed as special assistant U.S. attorneys in their case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a move that could make it harder for a federal judge to move the case to a different court. PoliPolitico reported Monday that several attorneys on Mueller's team signed off on court filings as both representatives of Mueller's office, and as special assistant United States attorneys.

The unredacted “ scope memo ” is a document outlining the scope of the special counsel’s Russia probe that congressional Republicans have also sought. Federal judge accuses Mueller ’ s team of ‘lying,’ trying to target Trump: ‘C’mon man!’

The representative pointed out that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a “ scope memo ” outlining the parameters of the investigation on August 2, 2017, months after appointing Mueller as special counsel. Ellis demanded to see an unredacted scope memo .

Robert Mueller wearing a suit and tie: Robert Mueller is leading the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 elections, which on Thursday has officially gone on for a year. That probe is also examining whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin, and if President Donald Trump has obstructed justice while in office. In Washington, Mueller has a reputation for being a tenacious investigator. Both Republicans and Democrats welcomed his appointment last May with  bipartisan backing. But the increasing breadth and length of his investigation has  irked many Trump supporters, and the president himself. Mueller's colleagues, meanwhile, say he has proven his bipartisan bona fides over the years. After all, he served under both Republican and Democratic presidents as FBI director and as an attorney in the Department of Justice. As the probe into Trump and his associates wages on, here's a look at Mueller's history: Meet the man behind the Trump-Russia investigation: the special counsel Robert Mueller

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WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office notified a federal court in Virginia on Thursday it had filed under seal an unredacted memorandum that is expected to shed light on the scope of his wide-ranging probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The filing, made as part of Mueller's criminal case against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was requested by the judge, who told prosecutors earlier this month he wanted to see an unredacted copy of an August 2017 memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein which fleshed out Mueller's investigative mandate.

In bid to reveal secret memo, GOP congressman plans to seek federal audit of Mueller probe

  In bid to reveal secret memo, GOP congressman plans to seek federal audit of Mueller probe Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said he believed the audit could not be completed absent an unredacted copy of the memo written in August 2017 by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The Washington Post“To have some special counsel going on, you know, this particular trail or that particular trail, it’s really not what Congress envisioned and it’s certainly not what most Americans believe we’re doing,” he said.A Justice Department spokeswoman did not immediately comment.

Federal Judge Suggests Mueller and His Team Lied About the Scope of Russia Probe to Undermine Trump. 0. Share. “C’mon man!” The judge then gave Mueller ’ s team two weeks to hand over an unredacted version of the “ scope memo ,” which reportedly outlines the scope of their Russia

The Department of Justice has sent a letter to the leaders of the House Freedom Caucus declining their request to see the unredacted version of a memo detailing the scope of the special counsel’ s Russia probe .

In a court hearing two weeks ago in the Eastern District of Virginia, Judge T.S. Ellis told Mueller's office to turn over a copy of the memo under seal to him by this Friday so he could review it before deciding whether or not to dismiss the charges against Manafort.

Manafort is facing two indictments by Mueller in Virginia and Washington that charge him with an array of crimes, from conspiring to launder money and failing to register as a foreign agent, to bank and tax fraud.

He has sought to have both cases dismissed on the grounds that Mueller has exceeded his authority, and that Rosenstein granted the special counsel too much power when he was appointed exactly one year ago on Thursday.

The federal judge overseeing the Washington case earlier this week refused to dismiss the charges, saying Mueller has not overstepped his authority by prosecuting Manafort.

Ellis, however, insisted on seeing an unredacted copy of Rosenstein's Aug. 2, 2017 memo before he can make a decision.

Robert Mueller smiling for the camera: FILE PHOTO: FBI Director Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington © REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo FILE PHOTO: FBI Director Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington

Never-ending Russia probe could fuel GOP's midterm message .
As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe hits the one-year mark Thursday, Republicans in midterm elections have started to see an opportunity to use the Trump controversy to their advantage – by appealing to voters tired of the never-ending investigation. Candidates in some GOP primaries this year already have worked to woo Trump supporters by arguing it’s time to end the Russia probe. Other Republicans are likely to follow suit amid a sense of Mueller investigation fatigue.

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