Robert Mueller is having himself one heck of a week, apparently.
With the President forcing the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, (who was more akin to a Scooby Doo villain than a high profile public official), acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker is set to take the stage in the interim. This could be bad news for Mueller’s probe, of which Whitaker is not at all a fan. The acting AG even went so far as to publicly explain last year how he would stall the investigation had he been given the chance.
Mueller is reportedly attempting to wrap the whole thing up now, possibly fearing that Whitaker is ready to man the metaphorical guillotine.
To make matters worse for the Special Counsel, it looks as though his attempts to ensnare former Trump pal Paul Manafort aren’t moving along as well as they once were either.
Talks between Special Counsel Robert Mueller and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have grown increasingly tense over Manafort’s apparent lack of cooperation with the investigation, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.
Prosecutors from Mueller’s office have been asking Manafort about a wide range of topics in nearly a dozen meetings since Manafort agreed to cooperate in September, sources said, but the Mueller team is “not getting what they want,” said one source with knowledge of the discussions.
The consequences of failing to fully cooperate could be dire when it comes time for Manafort to be sentenced.
“Should it be judged…that the defendant has failed to cooperate fully, has intentionally given false, misleading or incomplete information or testimony…the defendant will not be released from his pleas of guilty but the Government will be released from its obligations…” his plea agreement reads.
The case’s head honcho laid it all out for Manafort as well.
Judge Amy Jackson itemized the potential consequence Manafort could face if he breached his agreement with the Special Counsel, a list that ranged from additional fines to extended prison time.
Given that Mueller’s time could soon be coming to an end at the hands of Matt Whitaker, could this be a stall tactic from the Manafort camp? Furthermore, would such an attempt even have an opportunity to succeed, given that Mueller has been farming out his cases to lower courts in order to scatter his plots?
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