Special counsel Robert Mueller could make parts of his Russia investigation available to the public by Friday when he is expected to disclose memos potentially damaging for President Donald Trump.
Namely, he is to make public court filings focusing on Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, and his ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Tuesday and Friday respectively, offering greater insight into Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between Russians and the Trump campaign.
Some believed the Manafort memo would be kept secret so as to avoid the public disclosure of additional crimes that Mueller believes Manafort committed, but according to special counsel spokesman Peter Carr, a redacted version of it is to be released along with memos about the President’s former lawyer Michael Cohen.
Manafort was also accused last week of violating his plea deal by “lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel’s Office on a variety of subject matters,” which constitutes a federal crime and a breach of the agreement.
Over the past year, all three men have pleaded guilty to various charges pertaining to contacts or business dealing with Russians. The special counsel’s investigation has so far resulted in three people being sentenced and one convicted at trial. It has further secured seven guilty pleas and charged 36 people and entities with a total of 192 criminal counts, CNN reports.
Since the midterm elections, Mueller has also moved in a direction more threatening to Trump, including his crossing of Trump’s red line by showing interest in his family real estate empire. The special counsel has not yet unveiled any allegations there has been collusion or obstruction of justice by the President.
Mueller’s investigation, however, is also looking into alleged communication between President Trump’s informal political adviser Roger Stone with WikiLeaks, due to Stone’s boasting about his ties to the website. WikiLeaks had published the contested emails which were stolen from the Clinton campaign’s chairman and the Democratic National Committee by Russian spies.