Mueller Releases "Secret Memo" Justifying Manafort Indictment

In the most revealing glimpse yet into the rationale underpinning Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "pivot" toward investigating financial improprieties, obstruction and other potential crimes committed by Trump and his associates - instead of "Russian collusion" - a "secret" memo penned by Mueller's team was released by the DOJ last night.

In the memo, Mueller's investigators defend their decision to indict Trump campaign executive Paul Manafort on charges of financial crimes related to foreign lobbying. The heavily redacted memo cites heavily from Rosenstein's statement about the appointment of the special counsel. The special counsel quietly released it late Monday night and Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and others published details from the memo Tuesday morning.

And yet, in a bizarre sequence of events which has raised numerous eyebrows, the memo was dated August, 2017 - weeks after the FBI raided Paul Manafort's home in what was the first sign that he might soon be indicted, per Bloomberg, prompting speculation that the memo is merely an exercise in CYA.

In releasing the heavily redacted memo, Mueller argued that Rosenstein “left no doubt that the conduct that forms the basis for the indictment is within the special counsel’s jurisdiction.” Manafort faces a pair of indictments charging him with earning tens of millions of dollars in Ukraine, laundering much of that money, failing to register as a foreign agent and cheating on his taxes.

Mueller also cited business ties between Manafort and the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Any investigation of links between Russia and the Trump campaign “would naturally cover ties that a former Trump campaign manager had to Russian-associated political operatives, Russian-backed politicians, and Russian oligarchs,” according to the 53-page filing in federal court in Washington.

“It would also naturally look into any interactions they may have had before and during the campaign to plumb motives and opportunities to coordinate and to expose possible channels for surreptitious communications,” prosecutors wrote. “And prosecutors would naturally follow the money trail from Manafort’s Ukrainian consulting activities. Because investigation of those matters was authorized, so was prosecution.”

The memo was released to defend against claims made by Manafort's lawyers that Mueller extended beyond the scope of his investigation when he indicted Manafort and his former lieutenant Rick Gates (who has since plead guilty).

The classified August memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was disclosed in a court filing by Mr. Mueller’s prosecutors. It seeks to counter arguments by Mr. Manafort’s lawyers that his indictment should be thrown out. Mr. Manafort has denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to indictments filed by Mr. Mueller’s team in federal courts in Alexandria, Va., and Washington.

Manafort was famously charged with bank fraud, money laundering and failing to disclose his lobbying work on behalf of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich - a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin who abdicated in 2014.


Manafort was accused of laundering more than $30 million through offshore bank accounts and making false statements to obtain $25 million in bank loans.

In the letter, Mueller's staffers cited language within Rosenstein's initial memo appointing Mueller in May, claiming it offered Mueller a broad remit during his investigation.

“An investigation of possible ‘links and/or coordination’ between the Russian government in its political-interference campaign and ‘individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump ’ would naturally cover ties that a former Trump campaign manager had to Russian associated political operatives, Russian-backed politicians, and Russian oligarchs,” the prosecutors wrote, citing language in Mr. Rosenstein’s original memo.

In August, Mr. Rosenstein further clarified Mr. Mueller’s mandate in a classified memo that the special counsel attached in redacted form to its filings.

In that memo, Mr. Rosenstein authorized Mr. Mueller to investigate whether Mr. Manafort committed potential 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.”

It further stipulated that Mr. Mueller was permitted to probe Mr. Manafort for any crimes "arising out of payments he received from the Ukrainian government before and during the tenure of President Viktor Yanukovych."

Mueller has charged 19 people, including 13 Russians, since he was appointed by Rosenstein last spring. Of these, five have pleaded guilty, and Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, who pled guilty to lying to Mueller about his dealings with Gates, is expected to be sentenced in federal court in Washington on Tuesday, per the New York Post.

In summary, three questions have emerged: 1) Why released the memo now? 2) Why was the memo penned and signed after Manafort's home was raided; and 3)Will this memo's release make it harder for Trump to fire Rosenstein and/or Mueller, if he so chooses of course?


Deep Snorkeler toady Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:24 Permalink

Casino Mussolini

1. enjoying the fruits of his business while running the country

2. a predatory billionaire unable to control his predations

3. emoluments, money laundering, obstruction and fraud

4. a perverse love of self

5. Americans must atone for his behavior

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Buckaroo Banzai HopefulCynical Tue, 04/03/2018 - 15:42 Permalink

Mueller, the "prosecutor without portfolio" has been granted a fishing license with no expiration date by The Jew Rosenstein. Rosenstein tried to deny this fact in his interview with Chris Wallace back last August, but basically he just lied the way a lying kike lies.

Mark Levin, to his credit, does a good job breaking down the lies of the Jew Rosenstein here:



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Mr. Bones Mr. Bones Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:19 Permalink

Eric O'Keefe's home in Wisconsin was raided in 2013. The subpoena was for "all records and information" going back 4 years. You'd think with that volume of data they'd find something to validate the subpoena (that came with a gag order), but it's 5 years later now and....[crickets]

So, turn about is fair play. Who's going first? Carlos Danger and family? (kids were home, couldn't give an excuse why they were late for school because of the gag order).
How about the Podesta brothers? Clintons? The Offices of the DNC? Herr Soros?

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Chupacabra-322 Omen IV Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:49 Permalink

Let’s refocus shall we?

*Attention - The Awans & Pakistani ISI are only "sub contractors" for Hillary (CIA since young/operative/ratline field commander) & Israeli Mossad (Debbie Wasserman, Weiner, Shumer & any other affiliated Zionist’s). Both the CIA (Rockefeller>Kissinger down the line to CIA-op Hillary/all presidents except Trump) + Israel (Rosthchild) & Mossad (Rothschild private intel/military army) have compromised and co-opted the White House/US Presidency, US Congress, US Senate and much of state government. 


Both CIA & Mossad farm out dirty work ops to other international Intelligence agencies & military, as well as criminal organizations in order to created a spider web of hard to prove 3rd, 4th, 5th party connections to their illegal operations in order limit their exposure to being outed by real journalists like the dead Michael Hastings. 


Pakistan ISI, the Muslim Brotherhood or any other seemingly bad actors have 'not' infiltrated and taken over Congress nor anything else. The Awans and the Pakistani ISI were 'invited' & brought here by Mossad-Anthony Weiner & Mossad-Debbie Wasserman-Schultz here to run operations for CIA-international-crime-boss-Hillary Clinton.

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11b40 Chupacabra-322 Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:36 Permalink

I'm with you, Chewy, and have been pounding the table about this Congressional scandal for over a year.  Why, why, why, has this not been on the news 24/7 since it came to light?  Something very bad must involve Republicans, too, otherwise, they should be all over this, pounding the Dems in the ground.

The only thing that I can figure that could be slightly positive is that their is a Trump strategy to slow roll the Awan issue into the mid-terms, then blow it up.  The fact that just today I am hearing for the first time in a long time some news of this on TV.

We can be hopeful, and this is not the kind of thing that can stay buried.  Too many people know, and if Trump ever starts talking about it (or tweeting), it will blow up very fast.  Everyone with a functioning brain cell can understand that this is horrible scandal, very possibly the biggest spy scandal in the history of the country.  Regardless who is behind it, even if our own CIA, it must be publicized, investigated, and prosecuted with vengeance.

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Lumberjack loveyajimbo Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:15 Permalink

We are looking into this:

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DuneCreature loveyajimbo Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:18 Permalink

Anyone else suffering from Secret Squirrel Fatigue©?

Secret memos, secret court warrants, DHS National Security Secrets and NSLs out the wazoo.

I think they are secretly pulling our collective tails.


Almost 25,000 Sealed Indictments For The Federal Court System To Chew On In 2018


Oooooh, this is bound to cause severed ear constipation if not down right bowel bowling blockage.

I've heard and seen some cartoon shit in our court system in my rather brief but enlightening peeks into the US judiciary but this horseshit takes the cake.

Are they expecting us to believe they are going to run 20,000 criminal indictments through the lengthy Federal case resolution process in what? .... The next 500 years?

A giant redwood tree planted today will die of old age before half of these cases ever see a jury seated.

Live Hard, I Could Go On And On About How Ridiculous This Many Sealed Indictments Really Are But I Have To Save Some Of My Strength For The Marroon Marathon From Mars This Will Blossom To Be Going On, And On, And On, And On, And On, And On, And On, And On, And On, And On, And On, And On, On, And On, And On, And On, And On,∞, Die Free

~ ☯  DuneCreature ☯  v8.8®

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Joe Davola booboo Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:41 Permalink

Interesting - so which character was Mueller in The Departed?

Seriously, is it worth downloading that Spies, Wiretaps and Secret Operations pdf to read more about Mueller's time in the Boston DOJ office?  They did manage to take down a lot of mafioso during that time, but as we've learned since then it was as much one faction eliminating the competition.

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BuddyEffed farflungstar Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:06 Permalink

Suspect that comment went over the line.   Expect a subpoena in the morning. 

“Can't someone hit this guy with a truck or something? He's gonna keep this up forever unless he's taken out.”

Any lawyer types got an opinion on farflungstar suborning for a taking out?

Suborning and advocating for harmful and/or lethal acts is not appropriate for ZH comments.  

Even if intended as a joke, it’s too serious a matter. 

The tylers probably don’t appreciate seeing veiled threats in their comment sections.  Those kind of comments cheapen the ZH experience for everyone.  

The mindset behind making this kind of comment reflects very poorly.   

I wouldn’t be surprised if you get banned because of that comment. 

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withglee BuddyEffed Tue, 04/03/2018 - 15:15 Permalink

" It’s clear that I have a better handle on the law and legal ramifications and what is politically correct and appropriate for the ZH comments than you few. "

Laws are merely dilution of principles. Everything starts with principles (the golden principle is a good starting point). Then for some reason they created these things called laws to specify something falling under the principle. That implicitly puts everything else not so enumerated into the "fair game" category ... it's not against the law.

This leads us to where we are today: 40,000+ new laws each year (which makes ignorance of the law not only a defense, but the most obvious defense ... but for that to really be the case would mean falling back to principles and logic).

And with each of these laws they fall back onto the case law and the common law (once these laws are contested and decided, they become set law ... they become common law ... they are beyond further dispute!).

And when someone has the stroke to really force the issue, 5 out of 9 twerps in black robes who I wouldn't even invite to dinner can decide it. And they claim to use doctrines to do the test. Doctrines ... principles ... is there a distinction?

What a system! What a horribly bad joke! What a total waste of time it is living under these conditions ... and among the BuddyEffed's of the world. We need more spaces so they can have theirs ... and not be in mine. (i.e. iterative secession).

When I started my career 50+ years ago, 1/4 of my earnings went to government and 1/4 of the people were dependent on government. When I ended it, those ratios were both over 3/4ths and increasing geometrically.

Solution: Accelerate this process. When 100% of your earnings goes to government and 100% of the people are dependent on government, what definition of slavery says you aren't one? And when an organism feeds 100% on itself, some would say it can't survive. I say "some", because 94% of the people in the USA are clueless. They don't even know about the mysterious collapse of WTC7.

If you dispute what I say, I want to hear from you.

Todd Marshall
Plantersville, TX
Todd at withglee dot com

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commiebastid farflungstar Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:12 Permalink

millions of dollars in an investigation with no end and no parameters to pick off your enemies while ignoring the crimes of your fellow slimeballs. of course he will keep it up forever .... Trump is too chickenshit to fire his ass or better yet hire his own investigative force with unlimited time and funds.

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