Mueller team gives judge unredacted memo on Russia mandate

Attorneys for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts MORE on Thursday provided a federal judge with an unredacted memo detailing the scope of his investigation.

Mueller's team made the filing after Judge T.S. Ellis III requested the full document, Bloomberg and Reuters report. The memo was written by Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Judge rules former WH counsel McGahn must testify under subpoena MORE, who oversees the special counsel investigation, and spells out in detail what Mueller can investigate.

The document was filed under court seal.

A heavily redacted version of the memo has already been made public. 

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In one section of the memo, Rosenstein gives Mueller the authority to investigate allegations that former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Richard Gates's probation request Former FBI general counsel wants apology from Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today MORE "committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials" during the 2016 presidential race. The memo also authorizes Mueller to investigate whether Manafort "committed a crime or crimes arising out of payments he received from the Ukrainian government."

The other areas of Mueller's investigation are blacked out.

Ellis requested the full memo in order to judge Manafort's argument that the Mueller investigation has exceeded the scope of its legal authority by investigating Manafort's personal business dealings. Manafort argues those dealings are unrelated to Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The judge questioned prosecutors at a May 4 court hearing as to why they were interested in Manafort's financial dealings, arguing that Mueller's attorneys "don't really care" about the charges of bank fraud and tax fraud that they brought against Manafort.

“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud,” Ellis said at the hearing, adding: “You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment or whatever.”

The Rosenstein memo has become a highly sought after document in the battle over Mueller's investigation.

Conservatives in the House are pushing the Justice Department to give the full memo to Congress, which officials are resisting. They have asked President Trump to intervene and order Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLisa Page sues DOJ, FBI over alleged privacy violations Sessions leads GOP Senate primary field in Alabama, internal poll shows Trump rebukes FBI chief Wray over inspector general's Russia inquiry MORE to produce the document.

The proceeding against Manafort in Ellis's court, for the Eastern District of Virginia, is one of two criminal cases that the special counsel has brought against Manafort.

The other was brought in the District of Columbia, where a judge on Tuesday  rejected Manafort's attempt to have the charges against him tossed out. The judge maintained that it was appropriate for investigators to look into Manafort's lobbying history.

"The Special Counsel was authorized from the start to investigate the defendant not only for coordinating with the Russian government, but also for violations of law arising out of payments received from the former President of Ukraine," U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote on Tuesday.