Rosenstein to Trump: You're not a Mueller target yet


Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinRosenstein told Trump he is not a target of Mueller probe: report Justice to provide access to Comey memos to GOP lawmakers Judge questions whether DOJ gave Mueller too much power MORE assured President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans push Mulvaney, Trump to rescind Gateway funds Pruitt spent K flying aides to Australia to prep for later-canceled visit: report Rosenstein told Trump he is not a target of Mueller probe: report MORE last week that he is not a target of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's investigation, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.

Attorneys for Manafort have objected to what they called the "blank check" given to the Mueller probe.

Trump also reiterated his administration had turned over 1.4 million documents to Mueller's team, and said the White House had not invoked executive privilege to keep aides from answering questions posed as part of the special counsel's office probe.

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The lawsuit Manafort filed sought to bar Mueller from bringing future charges against him. The Special Counsel's Office filed a copy of an August 2 memo from Rosenstein to Mueller that identified several subjects related to Manafort as being under Mueller's authority, but Downing said that didn't resolve the question of whether the original appointment was valid.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, countered that it's unlikely the Justice Department fully knew what Mueller should pursue when he was first appointed. Downing said Rosenstein's memo seemed to come "after the fact" to justify the investigation. Manafort is expected to have two separate criminal trials, with the Virginia one starting in July.

Griffin said one reason Trump is being treated as a subject, rather than a target, may be that Rosenstein is operating under assumption that a sitting president can not be indicted.

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Thursday's hearing is the latest development stemming from a special counsel investigation that potentially could threaten Trump's presidency.

Manafort's attorneys have argued that prosecutors' knowledge of Manafort's work in Ukraine did not arise directly from Mueller's inquiry but instead grew out of separate Justice Department inquiries dating to 2014. "There has to be a record", Manafort's attorney, Kevin Downing, said Thursday. If Manafort were to convince the judge to dismiss the money laundering allegation, assets that the government locked down following his indictment in October would become available to him. While Manafort has pleaded not guilty, Mueller has extracted guilty pleas from other former campaign figures including Manafort's former deputy and business partner Rick Gates.

Mueller has charged 19 people, including 13 Russians, since his appointment.

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