During a court hearing earlier this month, Ellis demanded to see an unredacted copy of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s Aug. 2, 2017 “scope memo” to Mueller outlining the scope of the special counsel’s Russia probe that congressional Republicans also have sought.
The special counsel argues that Rosenstein granted them broad authority in his May 2017 letter appointing Mueller to this investigation.
But after a revelation that Mueller’s team is using information from an earlier DOJ probe in its case against Manafort, Ellis said that information did not “arise” out of the special counsel probe – and therefore may not be within the scope of that investigation.
Mueller's team, investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, has charged Manafort on tax evasion and bank fraud charges related to activities before the election.
Thursday is Mueller's one year anniversary of being appointed special counsel.