Judge gets details of Mueller investigation scope

FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, d

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Virginia has now joined the small group of Americans who know the details of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III received Thursday a memo authored by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last August. The memo lays out the details of the activities Mueller is authorized to investigate, at least through the middle of last year.

Prosecutors had publicly filed a copy of the memo last month, revealing that Rosenstein had given Mueller authority to investigate former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's Ukrainian political work in addition to Russian election meddling. The rest of the document was blacked out, and Ellis had requested a full copy.

Ellis was critical of the special counsel in a hearing earlier this month.