Here we go...
The Special Counsel (SC) concedes that fact.
Special Counsel: [Evades]
Judge: "I'm sorry. Answer my question."
"If I look at the indictment, none of that information has anything to do with links or coordination between the Russian gov't and individuals associated with the campaign of Donald Trump."
"I think we out to be very clear about these facts and what is happening."
He asks the Special Counsel if that assessment is wrong.
The Special Counsel refuses to answer the question. Twice.
Special Counse: [More evasion]
Judge: "You're running away from my question again."
SC explains to the Judge that the indictments are w/in the scope of the SC appointment: leads from the prior DOJ case eventually contributed to and led to the indictment.
The Judge isn't convinced.
Judge: "Even though it didn't arise from your investigation. It arose from a preexisting investigation."
The SC is basically telling the Judge that grants of authority to the Special Counsel cannot be challenged through the courts.
Not "judicially enforceable."
Judge Ellis continues, saying he's not going to be persuaded that Mueller has "unlimited powers to do anything" Mueller wants.
Important Q: What if the memo proves right Judge Ellis's suspicions about the SC being a means to impeachment?
Judge Ellis to Manafort's lawyer: Does the 8/2 memo remedy any issue with Mueller's jurisdiction?
Manafort's lawyer: No. It can't retroactively be remedied.
Manafort lawyer: No - Mueller had no authority to conduct a grand jury investigation, to get search warrants, to get the indictment.
[Personal note: I just don't see the judge going that far.]
The SC's arguments are "absolutely erroneous."
The result - "Come on, man"
"You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment or whatever. That's what you're really interested in."
"Wasn't there a matter in NY recently that the special counsel returned to the Southern District of New York?"
Special Counsel "not at liberty" to answer that question....
Did the SC farm out the Cohen case because it wasn't within the SC's jurisidction, or....
Did it have SDNY handle the Cohen case because they "can't use this to further [the Special Counsel's] core effort, which is to get to Trump"
(1) Russian individuals
(2) Russian banks
(3) Russian money
(4) Russian payments to Manafort
The SC concedes that fact.
Apparently, rat-faced Rosenstein loves memos.
The judge took that under advisement.