Special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating Russian election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, is reportedly just “tying up loose ends” before revealing his findings from the 19-month long probe.
Sources close to the matter told Yahoo News correspondent Michael Isikoff, who wrote the book Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump, that the investigation will be coming to its climax in the upcoming weeks.
On Tuesday Mueller’s office is expected to recommend sentencing for President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn in a new court filing. Flynn was in the White House for less than a month before he was fired for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian officials. He later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI over his relationship with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The court document should detail the extent to which Flynn has cooperated with Mueller’s probe.
Memos are also expected to be released later this week regarding former Trump confidants Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, both of whom have been found guilty of multiple federal crimes as a result of the Mueller probe.
Last week Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in his second plea agreement in the past four months. The former attorney admitted that he lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee about then-candidate Trump’s business dealings with Russia. It was revealed that the real estate mogul was still negotiating a possible Trump Tower deal in Moscow just one month before he was named the Republican nominee in summer of 2016. In his court statement, Cohen said that he lied “out of loyalty” to the president.
In August, Cohen had pleaded guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. He told the judge that he made hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDuggal “at the direction” of Trump just months before the 2016 election.
Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, also pleaded guilty to several federal crimes and agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department and Mueller’s probe. Manafort admitted to conspiracy, obstruction of justice and witness tampering along with other charges of money laundering and bank fraud.
But Manafort has allegedly lied to federal prosecutors, breaking the plea deal he made with Mueller. It has not been revealed, yet, what Manafort allegedly lied about.
As Mueller is expected to be close to the end of his investigation, the president has doubled down on his attacks of the probe, which he has repeatedly referred to as a “witch hunt.”
“Bob Mueller (who is a much different man than people think) and his out of control band of Angry Democrats, don’t want the truth, they only want lies. The truth is very bad for their mission!” Trump tweeted on Monday morning.