On What May Be a Big Mueller Day, Trump Unloads

President unleashes tweetstorm ahead of court filings on Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2018 7:34 AM CST
Friday May Be Interesting Day for Mueller
Special counsel Robert Mueller is seen on Capitol Hill in this 2017 photo.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Those paying attention to the particulars of the Robert Mueller investigation are keeping an eye on two big court filings Friday, developments that might shed important light on where he's at. In the bigger one, Mueller must explain to a judge why he believes former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort lied to investigators in violation of his plea deal, reports the Hill. In the other, federal prosecutors in New York will file memos spelling out how former Trump attorney Michael Cohen cooperated with them, reports the AP. Expect lots of redacted material, but on Manafort in particular, "there will be plenty of clues and indicators about where Mueller has gone and will go," says Elie Honig, former assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York. President Trump, meanwhile, has unleashed a fresh storm of criticism, with five anti-Mueller tweets Friday morning alone.

"Will Robert Mueller's big time conflicts of interest be listed at the top of his Republicans only Report," he wrote in one. In that and others, here, here, here, and here, the president makes the case that Mueller and "Leakin' Lyin' James Comey" have unfairly gone after Trump and his allies while letting Hillary Clinton and her allies off the hook. And those tweets follow three from Thursday night on the subject, culminating with, "FAKE NEWS - THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!" Friday's court filings come after Mueller filed a sentencing memo Tuesday in the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, notes NBC News. That one had many blacked-out details, but it stated that Flynn provided "substantial assistance" to Mueller's team. Axios, for one, thinks the Mueller "endgame" is near. (More Robert Mueller stories.)

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