In one section of the memo , Rosenstein gives Mueller the authority to investigate allegations that former Trump campaign chairman"committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials" during the 2016 presidential race.
The memo also authorizes Mueller to investigate whether Manafort "committed a crime or crimes arising out of payments he received from the Ukrainian government."
Ellis requested the full memo in order to judge Manafort's argument that the Mueller investigation has exceeded the scope of its legal authority by investigating Manafort's personal business dealings.
The judge questioned prosecutors at a May 4 court hearing as to why they were interested in Manafort's financial dealings, arguing that Mueller's attorneys "don't really care" about the charges of bank fraud and tax fraud that they brought against Manafort.
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