[Ed. – This was the judge’s demand from two weeks ago: to see, unredacted, the scope memo for the Mueller probe issued by Rod Rosenstein. The public isn’t going to find out what’s in the scope memo, but we will find out how Judge Ellis now rules on the complaint by Manafort’s defense: that Mueller exceeded his scope memo by bringing the old charges from a preexisting investigation.]
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 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.