Major Mueller sentence filings imminent in Manafort, Cohen cases, as Comey girds for testimony before House GOP

Special Counsel Robert Mueller to release Russia probe details as former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled appear before the House Judiciary Committee; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.

A whirlwind week in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian meddling probe is set for a dramatic triple-threaded conclusion Friday, as’fired FBI Director James Comey prepares to testify before House Republicans and prosecutors’finalize pivotal sentencing documents on former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Meanwhile,’Comey is slated to testify behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee, after dropping his longshot legal challenge to congressional Republicans’ subpoena earlier this week when they agreed to make public a transcript of his remarks.

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3 new Mueller filings may show some of what ex-Trump aides have told investigators

WASHINGTON ‘ Three new court documents are scheduled to emerge Friday that could shed new light on what Donald Trump’s former top aides have been telling ‘ or not telling ‘ federal investigators.

A federal judge in New York has ordered that prosecutors for the Southern District of New York and the Special Counsel’s Office have until 5 p.m. Friday to deliver sentencing memos designed to detail former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s cooperation in their ongoing investigations.

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Robert Mueller’s Bigger Collusion Picture Is Starting to Emerge

For the past two years, attempting to understand the complexities of the Mueller investigation and President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia has felt like stumbling through a smoke-filled landscape. For every news story that seemed to chart a path forward, a new layer of unanswered questions would cloud the way. The past seven days may have marked the point at which things began to change, when the smoke began to dissipate, if only the tiniest amount.

One of the biggest developments of the past week, Robert Mueller’s Wednesday sentencing memo for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, can be read in a very straightforward way. Despite the insistence of the president and his surrogates, Mueller still has plenty to reveal, and a lot of it will get to the heart of the question of whether any Trump officials colluded with the Russian government in its efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.

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  • Date: 2018-12-07T00:29:04.296Z
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Michael Flynn, Witness for the Prosecution

It is almost a truism in criminal investigations that those who flip early and help prosecutors build their case against higher-ranking figures are shown greater leniency than those who try to gut it out.

Michael Flynn, who served briefly as President Trump’s national security adviser, is Exhibit A in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

If other players, such as Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos, have worked only grudgingly with the special counsel, and some, like Roger Stone, are still holding out, we now know, thanks to a sentencing recommendation that the office filed late on Tuesday in federal court, that Mr. Flynn provided ‘substantial assistance‘ to federal investigators working to unravel the Russia mystery.

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