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Mueller office will file new court documents on Manafort, Cohen, Flynn

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  • The special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has reportedly
    told defense lawyers it is “tying up loose ends” in the Russia
    investigation, signaling that the ongoing probe is coming to a
    close.
  • This week, prosecutors are also scheduled to file several new
    documents in court about some of the most important players in
    the investigation: former national security adviser Michael
    Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and former
    Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
  • All three men have pleaded guilty and have been cooperating
    with prosecutors.
  • The upcoming court filings will contain intriguing new
    details about the nature of their cooperation and where the
    Russia investigation is ultimately headed.

The special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has told defense
lawyers in recent weeks that it is “tying up loose ends” in the
ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016
election and whether members of President Donald Trump’s campaign
colluded with Moscow, Yahoo News reported.

The news is not entirely unexpected. Last month, CNN reported
that the special counsel had begun drafting his final
report
in the Russia investigation.

And this week, prosecutors are set to file several court
documents that could reveal major new details about three key
players in the Russia investigation: former national security
adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul
Manafort, and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

All three men have pleaded guilty and have been cooperating with
prosecutors.

Flynn has been working with Mueller’s team since last December,
after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty as part of a separate Manhattan
US attorney’s office investigation, and he has since given over
70 hours of voluntary interviews to the special counsel. He also
pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to one count of lying
to Congress last week and his lawyers say he expects to cooperate
further.

Manafort, meanwhile, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction
in September and struck a plea deal with prosecutors to answer
any and all questions prosecutors had about the Russia
investigation and any other federal criminal inquiries.


Paul Manafort
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But prosecutors revealed last month that Manafort
had breached his plea
deal by allegedly lying to
investigators and committing additional crimes since agreeing to
cooperate.

Prosecutors were also reportedly furious when they learned that
Manafort’s team was briefing Trump’s lawyers on everything he was
being asked about after he agreed to cooperate.


DOJ veterans told INSIDER
that they had never heard of a
cooperator maintaining contact with the potential target of an
investigation after striking a deal with prosecutors, and that
such communications could tank a cooperation agreement.

Mueller’s team is slated to submit a brief to the court on Friday
about its claim that Manafort violated his plea agreement. The
special counsel’s office told Yahoo News that the Manafort memo
“will be public,” although some parts of it may be redacted or
submitted under seal to protect the investigation.

But for the most part, prosecutors will spell out in detail the
matters the former Trump campaign chairman misled them about, and
their public disclosures could shed new light on where the Russia
investigation stands.

The national-security experts at Lawfare wrote, moreover, that the
public may also learn more “in the context of that briefing about
the relationship Manafort appears to have maintained, through
counsel, with the White House after his plea and cooperation
agreement.”


Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen.
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Cohen’s lawyers, meanwhile, submitted a sentencing memo on his
behalf last week that contained a slew of bombshells
about Trump and his interactions with Cohen last year and before
the 2016 election.

Among other things, his lawyers said that when Cohen was breaking
campaign finance laws at Trump’s direction before the election,
Cohen was also keeping Trump “contemporaneously informed” of his
actions.

They also said Cohen was “in close and regular contact” with
Trump’s lawyers and White House staffers while he was drafting
false testimony to give to Congress last year about his
involvement in the Trump Organization’s effort to build a Trump
Tower in Moscow during the election.

Cohen’s sentencing is scheduled for December 12, and prosecutors
are set to submit their own sentencing memo in his case on
Friday. Lawfare said it will be important to “see how they
characterize Cohen’s cooperation and to what extent they also
urge leniency and on what points — if any — they dispute the
picture of Cohen’s cooperation that Cohen’s lawyers have
painted.”

Flynn’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 18, and
prosecutors are slated to submit a sentencing memo for him on
Tuesday. It’s unclear how much of it will be redacted, but
because the nature of his cooperation has been shrouded in
mystery since last year, it’s likely that any new details that
come out of the filing will help inform the public about where
the Russia investigation is headed.

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