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Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig made it clear in a new CNN op-ed: This week is going to see major developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
‘This week Mueller is due to make three crucial court filings — sentencing memos for Michael Flynn – Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort’ he wrote.
‘By the end of this week we will know much more about the strength of Mueller’s hand and the threat his investigation poses to President Donald Trump and his administration’.
Manafort – Cohen and Flynn have already been found guilty in the investigation.
The fact that it goes without saying that the president’s former campaign chair – personal lawyer and national security adviser (in addition to others) have already been found guilty in the investigation is often overlooked as the devastating fact for the president that it is.
And with the special counsel preparing to move forward on sentencing for each of these key figures Mueller will have the opportunity to show much more of the hand he has to play.
As reporter Marcy Wheeler has emphasized and others have begun to realize – Mueller uses court filings to communicate key details about the investigation to the public.
Manafort’s sentencing promises to be revelatory because Mueller is set to explain what it was how the ex-campaign chair lied to the special counsel after having signed up to a plea deal.
This was a stunning development because Manafort’s apparent decision to lie to the special counsel makes it likely he’ll face a substantial sentence.
As a 69-year-old man Manafort could spend the rest of his life in prison.
And Mueller has said – through spokesman Peter Carr to Yahoo News – that his filing about Manafort’s lies will be public – though some of it may be redacted.
Many have argued that because Mueller likely believes he can’t indict Trump he may use other indictments and charging documents to demonstrate the president’s wrongdoing.
If any of Manafort’s lies relate to Trump’s improper or illegal actions and Mueller reveals that in the document – the filing could pose a serious danger to the presidency.
‘Mueller has promised to lay it all out’ wrote Honig.