* The Justice Department on Wednesday released a mostly-unredacted version of a memo outlining the scope of Mueller’s special counsel investigation
* It was written by then-acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in August 2017
* Rosenstein explicitly authorized Mueller to investigate specific allegations against Carter Page, Mike Flynn, George Papadopolous, and Paul Manafort
* The memo has long been sought by Republicans who said it would show Mueller exceeded his authority by probing President Trump’s campaign aides
The Justice Department has released a mostly-unredacted version of a memo outlining the scope of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The memo penned by then-acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in August 2017 has long been sought by Republicans who believed it would reveal that Mueller and his team exceeded their authority by probing members of President Donald Trump’s campaign team.
The DOJ on Wednesday provided a less redacted version of the memo to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, who requested it earlier this week.
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WNU Editor: The August 2017 memo from former acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein detailing the scope of then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation can be read from here …. Read: 2017 Rod Rosenstein ‘scope memo’ detailing parameters of Mueller probe (FOX News). After reading this memo, or at least the parts that are not redacted, it is clear to me that there was never any substance to Trump-Russian collusion claims that dominated the Washington news cycle for almost two years. To put it bluntly. It was just an excuse to launch an investigation in the hope that it may implicate/trap the US President.
Update: Andrew C. McCarthy’s coverage of this story since day one has been spot on. The following analysis by him is a must read for those who have been following this story since the beginning …. Rosenstein ‘Scope’ Memo Confirms Baselessness of Trump–Russia Probe (By Andrew C. McCarthy, NRO).
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