This Week: Mueller Expected To Deliver Reports On Obstruction, Collusion After Midterms


He is being held now in the city of Alexandria's jail.

Judge T.S. Ellis III recognized that the former Trump campaign manager has "significant issues" with his health, and agreed to expedite the process for Manafort's pre-sentencing report, according to The Hill. He is also awaiting sentencing on the two separate counts of conspiracy to which he pleaded guilty in September. He set a February 8 sentencing date for the tax and bank fraud charges on which Manafort was convicted.

Manafort was convicted of eight counts in the tax and fraud trial in the Eastern District of Virginia earlier this year.

But Judge Ellis called that agreement "highly unusual" and Mr Mueller's prosecutors agreed yesterday to dismiss the charges and prepare for sentencing. The judge said Manafort could always get credit for his cooperation after he is sentenced under the legal rules.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is due back in a Virginia courtroom to decide whether he will be sentenced on fraud charges before or after he completes his cooperation with prosecutors. "This case appears to be no different from any other case in which the defendant is cooperating and that cooperation is expected to extend beyond a scheduled sentencing date".

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Report: Mueller Ready To Issue Findings On Two Key Questions In Trump Probe

As former top FBI lawyer James Baker testifies about the Russian Federation investigation before Congress, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said he would like to see lawmakers focus more directly on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe and the "insipid corruption" behind it.

It wasn't the first time he had locked horns with Mueller's team. But given that we're dealing with anonymous sources, it's impossible to know if this timeline for wrapping up the investigation is Mueller's actual timeline, or more wishcasting from the White House, or a best guess of a lawyer who's part of the investigation and thinks it seems to be wrapping up.

Ellis dropped the charges on which the jury had deadlocked, but did so without prejudice, meaning the prosecution could reintroduce them.

Ellis launched barbs at the prosecution, and at one point - in a rare admission - instructed jurors during the trial to put aside his own remarks from the day before saying that he was "probably wrong".

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