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Filing: Rosenstein Expanded Mueller’s Mandate in 2016

04/04/2018

JONATHAN TURLEY

Rod_Rosenstein_US_AttorneyThere is an interesting disclosure in the filing this week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last August expanded the mandate for Mueller in allowing him to pursue collusion allegations against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort as well as criminal conduct linked to his controversial dealings with Ukraine.  The expansion shows not only the close supervision by Rosenstein but the care taken by Mueller not to exceed his mandate, which was already quite broad.  The disclosure comes in the week with the first scheduled sentencing of a Mueller defendant.  Warning: the story below contains foul language.

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