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James
Comey says that Robert Mueller may be almost done with his
investigation into Donald Trump.

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  • Former FBI Director James Comey says the Russia
    investigation
    into the Trump campaign appears to be nearing
    its end.
  • He suggested that Trump campaign chairman Paul
    Manafort’s recent guilty pleas and agreement to cooperate with
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller suggested Mueller was closing in
    on Trump.
  • Comey said: “The way you normally do investigations is
    you work from the bottom up, and so they’re getting pretty
    high.”
  • Comey admitted that the secrecy with which the
    investigation has been conducted means he can’t be totally sure
    of its progress.

James Comey said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may be
nearing the end of his investigation into the Trump campaign’s
ties to Russia.

The former FBI director
gave an interview to St. Louis Public Radio on
Wednesday
 in which he gave an assessment of the progress
made by Mueller, his immediate predecessor at the FBI.

Comey said the fact that Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign
chairman, pleaded
guilty to conspiracy and agreed to cooperate with Mueller

suggests that Mueller may be almost done.

Comey said on Wednesday:

“I think there’s an argument to be made that the conviction — the
plea and cooperation by Paul Manafort — may represent that we’re
in the fourth quarter.

“Because the way you normally do investigations is you work from
the bottom up, and so they’re getting pretty high.”


Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller was appointed to oversee the Trump
campaign’s ties to Russia in May 2017.

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He added, however, that he “can’t say with certainty” where
Mueller is at, because the investigation has largely been
conducted under wraps.

“The reason I’m hesitant to even say that is [because] Bob
Mueller’s conducted his investigation like a pro,” Comey said.
“You know nothing about it except through his public filings, and
that’s the way it’s supposed to be. So I can’t say with certainty
where he is.”

Mueller’s investigation
started in May 2017
 shortly after Trump fired Comey as
FBI director. It has so far lasted 16 months.

Manafort last week pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy
to obstruct justice and one count of conspiracy against the US
last week in a case that centered on his political consulting
work from 2006 to 2015 for pro-Russian interests.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however,
claimed that Manafort’s case “had absolutely nothing to do with
the president or his victorious 2016 presidential campaign.”


michael cohen paul manafort
Former
Trump attorney Michael Cohen and Trump campaign chairman Paul
Manafort. Both have pleaded guilty to federal crimes and agreed
to cooperate in investigations into the US
president.

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Ruttle; Associated Press/Alex Brandon; Business
Insider


“The perfect storm of cooperators”

Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is also
cooperating with a Manhattan US attorney’s office
investigation into his and the president’s dealings leading up to
the election.

He pleaded guilty last month to five counts of tax evasion,
one count of bank fraud, and two counts related to
campaign-finance violations.

Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s longtime chief
financial officer, was granted immunity by federal prosecutors
last month so he could share information about Cohen and Trump.

One former federal prosecutor said federal investigators now

have “the perfect storm of cooperators.”

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