New information suggests that special counsel Robert Mueller is preparing his endgame in the long-running investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Mueller’s prosecutors have told defense lawyers in recent weeks that they are ‘tying up loose ends’ in their investigation, as reported by Yahoo News.
Significant new details on what cooperation Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump’s ex- personal lawyer Michael Cohen provided to the Russia investigation are expected to come to light this week when the special counsel’s prosecutors file memos about three of their most high profile defendants.
Mueller’s prosecutors have told defense lawyers in recent weeks that they are ‘tying up loose ends’ in the long-running Russian probe
Flynn’s sentencing memo is due Tuesday while memos about Manafort and Cohen are expected Friday.
Mueller is now expected to make a public filing about Manafort, suggesting he may no longer feel the need to withhold information about his case in order to bring additional indictments against others.
Peter Carr, spokesman for the special counsel, confirmed to Yahoo News on Monday that the Manafort memo ‘will be public,’ although he added there could be some portions that are redacted or filed as a sealed addendum.
The Manafort memo has been requested by the federal judge in his case so that prosecutors can highlight what matters they believe Manafort has lied to them about.
The special counsel’s prosecutors are expected to file a memo on former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn (pictured above) on Tuesday
A memo relating to Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (pictured above) is due Friday
Mueller’s sentencing memo on Michael Cohen (pictured above) is also due Friday. Last Thursday Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress
It was thought that Mueller might file the memo in Manafort’s case under seal in order to prevent public disclosure of the additional crimes his office believes Manafort committed when he allegedly lied to prosecutors and broke a plea deal after agreeing to cooperate.
If Mueller doesn’t feel the need to file Manafort’s memo under seal, this would give added weight to messages his prosecutors are said to have given defense lawyers in recent weeks, indicating that they are in the endgame of their investigation.
It could be indicative that Mueller may no longer feel the need to withhold information about the Manafort case in order to bring additional indictments against others.
President Donald Trump has submitted written responses to questions posed by Mueller’s team in regard to the Russia probe
On Monday Mueller’s office talked to congressional investigators as part of an ongoing discussion about whether new subpoenas for testimony by House and Senate committees might interfere with Mueller’s investigation.
The response was that it would not, regarding matters relating to alleged obstruction by the White House in the Russia investigation itself.
It also seems unlikely that the special counsel will press for a face-to-face interview with President Donald Trump. The president submitted in Novemeber written responses to questions posed by Mueller’s team in regard to the Russia probe.
Mueller’s sentencing memo on Michael Cohen is due Friday.
Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress, a charge that his lawyers said resulted in part from information he voluntarily provided Mueller’s team in meetings governed by a limited-use immunity agreement.
He also admitted to making misstatements regarding the Trump organization’s efforts to develop a branded property in Moscow to congressional committees investigating Russian influence on the 2016 election, including the House Intelligence Committee, according to court documents.
Mueller is believed to be focused on a matter concerning former Trump adviser Roger Stone and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi
Cohen is due to be sentenced in federal court in New York next week and his lawyers are asking that he be spared jail.
Mueller is believed to be focused on a matter concerning former Trump adviser Roger Stone and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi.
Stone emailed Corsi in July 2016, asking him to get in touch with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012, according to the documents. Stone said he wanted Corsi to try to obtain emails the group possessed about Clinton.
Prosecutors from Mueller’s office had offered Corsi a deal to plead guilty to a false statements charge, but he said he rejected the offer because he didn’t knowingly mislead investigators
Both Stone and Corsi have denied any wrongdoing, and Stone has denied knowing Assange or being a conduit for WikiLeaks.
Corsi has said the email he sent Stone in reply — which accurately forecast that WikiLeaks would release derogatory information about Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in October — was based on his own deduction and not the result of any inside information or a source close to the group.
Prosecutors from Mueller’s office had offered Corsi a deal to plead guilty to a false statements charge, but he said he rejected the offer because he didn’t knowingly mislead investigators.