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Special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday gave a federal judge in Virginia an unredacted copy of a Justice Department memo outlining the scope of the Russia investigation, which the judge said he wanted tosee before deciding whether to dismiss charges stemming from that investigation against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
According to the filing, Mueller gave Judge T.S. Ellis III a copy of the August 2, 2017 memo on Thursday, which was written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The un-redacted memo is classified and will be viewed by Ellis in the secure spaces in the Alexandria, Va., courthouse.
The article goes on to state the following:
Nearly two weeks ago in a hearing about Manafort’s motion to dismiss the charges against him in Virginia, Ellis questioned if Mueller had gone outside his scope, and wondered if his team was operating with “unfettered power.” That led to his request to see the memo.
“This investigation that had led to this indictment… has nothing to do with Russia or the campaign,” said Ellis. “We said this is what our investigation is about, but we’re not bound by it, and we were lying. You care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you that could lead to Mr. Trump.”
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