New Memo Shows Mueller Investigation Still At The Tip Of The Iceberg Stage.
On April 2d Mueller’s team filed a brief in response to a motion filed by Paul Manafort to dismiss his indictment on grounds Mueller’s charges do not relate to the campaign and therefore were beyond the scope of his authority as Special Counsel. I believe Mueller’s brief crushes Manafort’s theory completely.
Of more interest is an attachment to that brief. The heavily redacted attachment is an August 2, 2017 previously secret memo from Rosenstein to Mueller further detailing the scope of Mueller’s investigation. Much of the memo remains classified and is redacted. The non-redacted portion contributes to the brief because in it Rosenstein expressly states the following allegations related to Manafort were within the scope of Mueller’s investigation:
• Allegations that Paul Manafort:
o Committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials with respect to the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election for President of the United States, in violation of United States law;
o Committed a crime or crimes arising out of payments he received from the Ukrainian government before and during the tenure of President Viktor Yanukovych.
That’s the comparatively small substantive portion un-redacted to support the specifics of this brief. Beyond that the brief itself states in footnote 3:
The August 2 Scope Memorandum is classified and contains confidential and sensitive law enforcement information that cannot be publicly disclosed. The portions of the memorandum quoted in the text are not classified. A copy of the memorandum, redacted to protect against the disclosure of classified and sensitive law enforcement information . . .
The memo states “The following allegations were within the scope of the investigation at the time of your appointment and are within the scope of the order.”
After that is a LOT of redacted stuff. A whole lot. Only the comparatively small portion relating to Manafort is un-redacted.
The picture below shows what I am talking about. There are actually a few more lines of redaction on the next page after that. That’s a whole lot of black there in the section that would detail those other names and allegations.
We don’t know how many more names and allegations are detailed, what those allegations are, or who those names are. We only know there is a lot more. We also know it “contains confidential and sensitive law enforcement information that cannot be publicly disclosed.”
More is coming from Mueller and Company.
For more on this and Mueller’s investigation in general, check out my “Russia-gate Timeline.” You may also enjoy my Running Tab of Mueller Indictments and Convictions.