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Friday will be a busy day in the Russia investigation of the Ministry of Justice.
Special adviser Robert Mueller faces two deadlines in cases where two former Trump insiders are involved. A former FBI director travels to Capitol Hill for a closed interview, and a one-time Trump counselor is released from prison.
Here is a brief summary of what's available for the day:
Müller's Office to Describe the Alleged Lies of Paul Manafort
Friday is the deadline for Muellers A Washington, DC court-martial team should document a document stating how President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, allegedly violated his consent.
Manafort pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges in Washington in September and agreed to work with prosecutors "wholly" and "truthfully," including Müller's team in investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 elections.
not off the table. But last week, the Special Representative's Office said that Manafort had repeatedly lied to prosecutors since he had agreed to cooperate, which goes against his plea. Müller's team gave no details of how Manafort might have violated the agreement or what he allegedly lied to.
This information is expected to be released on Friday when Muller's team of Judge Amy Berman Jackson submits a document detailing Manafort's alleged "crimes and lies", including those allegedly committed after he signed his cooperation agreement ,
The lawyers of Manafort have in turn rejected the allegations of the government. They said Manafort had met with investigators several times and provided him with information that he believed was truthful information.
Due to his approval, Manafort can not withdraw his guilty request.
Jackson has set a provisional sentencing date for Manafort, who in March 2019 was convicted in August of a federal jury in a separate case in Virginia. The 69-year-old Manafort faces the opportunity to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Crown witnesses for Cohen
When Manafort's plea broke down last week, another one seemed to collapse for Müller. Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lied to Congress over efforts to build the Trump Tower in Moscow by 2016.
Cohen admitted that his work for the Trump organization regarding the planned Moscow real estate business will run deep into at least June 2016 the presidential race was lost.
He also said that he regularly briefed Trump and Trump's family on his efforts and that he had a 20-minute telephone conversation with a Kremlin official to try to ask the Russian government for help, to secure land for the project. In his testimony in 2017, Cohen lied to the Congress about all three of these things. He has lied for two reasons to minimize the ties between the Moscow project and Trump and to give the "false impression" that the project ended before the start of the Republican primaries to limit ongoing investigations in Russia.
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Cohen's consent indicates that he has met with the special adviser's team at least seven times. His lawyer Guy Petrillo says Cohen is ready to continue this collaboration if needed.
Cohen, who pleads guilty to eight counts at the beginning of the year, alleges that financial crimes and election campaign violations are scheduled for December 12 in New York by Judge William H. Pauley be convicted.
In a court hearing last week, Cohen lawyers asked for leniency in the conviction and asked the judge for term. They say that Cohen has taken responsibility for his actions and fully cooperated with the Office of the Special Representative.
He also volunteered to help New York state investigators, Cohen's lawyers say. Cohen met with the New York Attorney General with respect to the lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation and provided information and interviews to the US Treasury.
Cohen has cooperated despite the President's attacks, according to his lawyers on the Office of the Special Representative, as well as Trump's salvoes against Cohen himself.
"In connection with this rough, pierced attack by the most powerful person in the US, Michael, he was Formerly a confidant and adviser to Mr. Trump decided to work together and voluntarily took the first steps in that direction, "his lawyers write.
memo is scheduled to submit its recommendations for Cohen's sentencing on Friday. If the Special Prosecutor believes that the conviction is lenient-as he did this week for Trump's first National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn-it would mean that the former Trump fixer was a helpful witness.
Welcome back, Comey
Former FBI director James Comey will return to Capitol Hill on Friday to publish a transcribed interview behind closed doors with the House's Judiciary and Supervision Committees.
For a while, however, it seemed that the interview was not taking place.
Comey had originally denied a summons from Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte. The former head of the FBI said he would like to meet for a public hearing, but he did not want to come to an interview because of concerns over "selective leakage and distortion."
Comey finally pulled his legal challenge into the summons and agreed to appear, though the committee agreed to release the protocol as soon as possible.
The interview is likely to be among the latest in the Republican-led panel investigation into decisions made in 2016 by the FBI and the Department of Justice. The Democrats take control of Parliament in January, setting the agenda for the investigation.
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has also received a summons.
Papadopoulos Leaves Federal Prison
George Papadopoulos, the man whose barroom chatter has contributed to triggering the investigation in Russia, can not be beaten. He will spend his time in a federal security camp in Oxford (Wis., USA).
Papadopoulos, who oversaw Trump's foreign policy adviser, pleaded guilty to lied to the FBI in the 2016 campaign. He agreed to cooperate with the investigators.
The public prosecutor's office with Müller's office applied for a prison sentence ranging from zero to six months. They said his lies hampered the investigation. He also did not give the investigators any substantial support even though they had agreed to cooperate.
After the conviction, Papadopoulos asked the court to postpone his term until a separate case had been closed that terminated Mueller's appointment. These requests were rejected.
In recent months, Papadopoulos has attacked the investigation into Russia for Twitter. He has suggested he was drafted as part of a plot against Trump.
As soon as he leaves the Federal Penitentiary on Friday, Papadopoulos is not completely off the hook. He is still one year behind the supervised release.