The Office of Special Envoy Robert Mueller has informed defense lawyers in recent weeks that in the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 elections "ties loose" and whether members of President Donald Trump's campaign with Moscow, Yahoo News, collaborated reported.
The news is not completely unexpected. Last month, CNN reported that the Special Prosecutor had started to prepare his final report as part of the investigation in Russia.
And this week, prosecutors will file several court documents that could reveal important new details about three key players in the Russia investigation: former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
All three men plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors.
Flynn has been working with Müller's team since last December after he was guilty of lied to the FBI.
In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to an investigation by the Manhattan prosecutor, and he has conducted more than 70 hours of voluntary interviews with the Special Lawyer ever since. He also pleaded guilty to the Mueller investigation for lying to Congress last week, and his lawyers say he expects further cooperation.
Manafort, however, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and disability in September and asked the prosecutor's office to answer any questions prosecutors had about investigations in Russia and other federal criminal investigations.
But the prosecutors last month revealed that Manafort had violated his plea by allegedly lying to the investigators and committing further crimes since pledging to cooperate ,
The prosecutors were also reportedly angry when they learned that the Manafort team informed Trump's lawyers about everything he was asked for after agreeing to cooperation.
DOJ veterans told INSIDER that they had never heard of a co-operation partner who, after signing a contract with prosecutors, maintained contact with the potential target of an investigation and that such communication could trigger a co-operation agreement.
Mueller's team is expected to submit a brief statement to the court on Friday alleging that Manafort has violated its opposition agreement. The Special Representative's office told Yahoo News that the Manafort memo will be "public," although some of it could be closed off to protect the investigation.
But prosecutors will for the most part detail the issues that have led the former Trump campaign leader astray, and their public disclosures could shed new light on the status of the Russian investigation.
Lawfare national security experts also said that the public may also learn more about the relationship Manafort maintained with a lawyer following his plea and cooperation agreement with the White House.
Meanwhile, Cohen's lawyers had on his behalf condemned a memo in which bombing raids over Trump and him were interactions with Cohen
Among other things, his lawyers said when Cohen broke Trump's electoral finance laws before the elections, Cohen also told Trump "at the same time" his actions.
They also said Cohen was close and regular contact with Trump lawyers and White House staff when, last year, he made false statements to Congress about his involvement in the Trump organization's efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. The sentencing of Cohen is scheduled for December 12, and prosecutors will present their own verdict on the conviction on Friday in his case She said it was important "to see how they characterize Cohen's collaboration, and to what extent they are too lenient, and on what points – if anything – they dispute the picture of Cohen's co-operation painted by Cohen's lawyers."
The Flynn's hearing on the conviction is scheduled for 18 December and prosecutors are expected to file a conviction record for him on Tuesday. It is unclear how much of it will be edited, but since the nature of its collaboration has been mysterious since last year, it is likely that any new details coming from the file will inform the public as to where the investigation is headed in Russia becomes .