Mueller tea leaves, new Cohen drama, new Manafort charges, and more.
There’s been a whirlwind of developments with the various investigations around President Donald Trump and his associates in the past 24 hours — and the biggest news may not relate to special counsel Robert Mueller.
Both federal and state prosecutors in New York and Democratic investigators in the House of Representatives are aggressively moving forward with various inquiries — probing whether Michael Cohen was corruptly offered a pardon, charging Paul Manafort for new real estate offenses, and grilling former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.
The news from the special counsel probe, in contrast, was along the lines of tying up loose ends. Manafort has now been sentenced — twice — and the attorney leading his prosecution will reportedly depart the special counsel’s team.
There may be more major developments from Mueller yet to come, as Washington awaits his report. But the thicket of other investigatory news makes it clear that if Mueller does wrap up soon, Trumpworld’s legal jeopardy will remain very serious indeed.
Manafort got sentenced again — and indicted again
The longest-running court saga in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe came to a close Tuesday morning, as former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort received his second sentence.
And then, by midday, Manafort was facing new charges again — in New York state.
Last year, Manafort was convicted of tax and bank fraud at trial in Virginia, and pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice in Washington, DC. None of the charges directly related to Russian interference in the 2016 election. It was widely speculated that Mueller charged Manafort hoping he would cooperate and provide important information,