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Mueller news: special counsel's team asks for deadline extension due to imminent work



Special counsel Robert Mueller's office asked for a 11-day extension on a filing deadline Tuesday – claiming that they were busy with "the press of other work." [19659002] Mueller's team is so busy with the moment? Mueller's case is coming up. So what, then, is Mueller's team busy with the moment?

For months now, rumors have been rampant that Mueller's final report and the conclusion of his work are imminent. Some top attorneys on his team are leaving, and his FBI agent has already left.

Now, Tuesday's request comes in response to a request by the Washington Post Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort. The deadline for Mueller's team to answer this question is April 1

, 2002. Here's the key paragraph:


"The counselor for the press Mueller's team writes.

The lawyers referenced are Michael Dreeben and Adam Jed. But it's unclear what they're busy with at the moment. There are no imminent deadlines in Roger Stone's case, or the two appeals from a stone associate and a mystery company. There's a March 25 deadline in the Russian troll farm case, but Dreeben and Jed do not seem to be involved in that filing.

They're working on something else, and that could well be Mueller's report. Both Dreeben and Jed are appellate attorneys rather than trial prosecutors. So it would make sense if they were to spend their time on Trump's role as president. In any case, Mueller's team expects they will have more free time to file in this Manafort matter by April 1966. For more on the Mueller test, follow Andrew Prokop on Twitter and check out Vox's guide to the Trump-Russia investigation .


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