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Prosecutors: Rosenstein gave Mueller OK to probe, indict Manafort - Source Politico

Posted on Apr 03,2018
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has sometimes been the focus of President Donald Trump's ire. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

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WASHINGTON, DC. - President Donald Trump's No. 2 appointee at the Justice Department, Rod Rosenstein, specifically authorized Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and approved his indictment, prosecutors said in a court filing late Monday night.

Some Trump allies have suggested that by pursuing charges of money laundering, tax fraud and unregistered foreign lobbying against Manafort, Mueller is straying from his core mission of probing alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia prior to the 2016 election.

However, Mueller's team submitted a previously undisclosed memo to a federal court in Washington showing that a few months after Mueller was appointed last May, Rosenstein gave him explicit authority to target Manafort over the financial aspects of his lobbying work for the Ukrainian government — in addition to allegations he was linked to Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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