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Cohen pleads guilty, Manafort’s retracted plea deal and what comes next in the Mueller investigation

Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, exits federal court, November 29, 2018 in New York City.
Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, exits federal court, November 29, 2018 in New York City.
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It’s been a year and a half since Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel in the Russia probe.

His investigation has led to indictments against Russian intelligence officers, President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, his former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his former campaign manager Paul Manafort, among others.

Some, like Manafort, agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s team – but in a court filing on Monday, Mueller’s office said Manafort lied repeatedly in interviews after his plea deal, voiding the agreement. But in an interview with the New York Post yesterday, President Trump said a pardon for Manafort isn’t off the table. On Wednesday, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said that if Trump pardons Manafort, it would be a "blatant and unacceptable abuse of power."

Meanwhile, Cohen is pleading guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on a Trump real estate deal in Russia. Cohen made a surprise appearance Thursday in a New York courtroom at around 9 p.m. and began entering the plea. He admitted to making false statements in 2017 to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to other federal charges involving his taxi businesses, bank fraud and his campaign work for Trump.

So what could possibly come next in the Mueller investigation? Larry sits down with two former Department of Justice officials to talk about the latest and what could be ahead.

With files from the Associated Press


Larry Liebert, national security editor at Bloomberg

Harry Litman, former U.S. Attorney and deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department under President Clinton; professor of constitutional law at UCLA and UC San Diego; the L.A. Times recently published his op-ed “Mueller might soon bring charges that even Trump die-hards can’t trivialize”; he tweets @harrylitman

Justin Levitt, former deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department under President Obama and professor of law at Loyola Law School; he tweets @_justinlevitt_

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