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Friday promises to be a busy day in Russia's investigation into the Justice Department.
Special adviser Robert Mueller addresses deadlines in two federal courts in the case of two former Trump members, a former director of the FBI goes to Capitol Hill for a closed-door interview and a counselor Trump's campaign goes out of prison.
Here is a quick breakdown of what is on tap for the day:
The office of Mueller to detail the alleged lies of Paul Manafort
Friday is the deadline for the Mueller's team to present to the federal court in Washington, a document explaining how the former president of the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort, would have violated his plea bargain.
Manafort pleaded guilty allegations to Washington in September and agreed to "fully" and "sincerely" collaborate with federal prosecutors, including Mueller's team in his investigation of Russian interference in the elections of 2016.
But last week the special council office stated that Manafort had lied repeatedly to prosecutors after agreeing to cooperate, which they allegedly violated his plea bargain. Mueller's team did not provide details on how Manafort may have violated the agreement or what he would have lied to.
This information should be made public on Friday, when Mueller's team will have to present to Judge Amy Berman Jackson a document detailing the Manafort's alleged "crimes and lies", including those allegedly committed after signing his agreement of cooperation.
Manafort's lawyers, for their part, have rejected the government's accusations. They say Manafort has met with investigators several times and has provided what he believed to be truthful information.
According to his agreement, Manafort can not withdraw his guilty plea.
Jackson set a provisional conviction date of March 2019 for Manafort, who was convicted by a federal jury in a separate case in Virginia in August. Manafort, 69, faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison
Leniency for Cohen?
While the Manafort affair seemed to collapse last week, another joined for Mueller. Trump's former lawyer and personal fixer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lied to Congress about his efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow in 2016.
Cohen admitted that his work for the Trump organization on the deal proposed in Moscow went through at least June 2016, in depth in the presidential race.
He also said that he kept his efforts on the Trump and Trump family regularly informed and that he had a 20-minute telephone conversation with a Kremlin official to try and get help from the Russian government to secure land and financing. for the project.  Cohen had lied about all three things in his testimony of the 2017 Congress, according to court documents. He lied, the documents say, for two reasons: to minimize the links between the Moscow project and Trump and to give the "false impression" that the project ended before the start of the Republican primaries to limit ongoing survey on Russia.
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Cohen's plea bargaining indicates that he has met the special adviser team at least seven times. His lawyer, Guy Petrillo, says that Cohen is ready to continue that cooperation, if necessary.
Cohen, who also pleaded guilty at the start of this year to eight counts of financial crimes and financial violations of the campaigns, is scheduled to be condemned on December 12 in New York by Judge William H. Pauley.
In a judicial process last week, Cohen's lawyers asked for clemency in the sentence, asking the judge for the time lent. They say Cohen took responsibility for his actions and worked fully with the special advisor's office.
He also voluntarily provided assistance to New York State investigators, say Cohen's lawyers. Cohen met with the New York attorney general's office for the lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation and provided information and interviews to the State Taxation and Finance Department.
Cohen has worked, underlines his lawyers, despite the president's attacks on the special adviser's office, as well as Trump's bailouts against Cohen himself.
"In the context of this violent and violent attack by the most powerful person in the United States, Michael, former confidant and adviser to Mr. Trump, decided to collaborate, and has voluntarily taken the first steps to do it", write the his lawyers.
The Mueller office should file a memo with its recommendations for Cohen's condemnation on Friday. If the legal counsel claims that the sentence should be lenient – as he did earlier this week for Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn – this would suggest that Trump's former fixer was a useful witness.
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James Comey, former director of the FBI, will return to Capitol Hill for an interview with the House Judiciary and Oversight committees on camera on Friday.
For some time, however, it seemed that the interview could not happen.
Comey originally contested a quote from the Republican president of the judiciary committee, Bob Goodlatte. The former head of the FBI said he would gladly meet for a public hearing but did not want to show up for a closed-door interview because of concerns over "selective leakage and distortion. "
Comey eventually withdrew his legal challenge to the summons and agreed to appear, although the committee agreed to release the transcript as soon as possible thereafter.
The interview will probably be among the latest woes of the investigations conducted by the Republicans on the decisions made in 2016 by the FBI and the Department of Justice. The Democrats take control of the House in January, entrusting him with the responsibility of establishing the investigative agenda.
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch also received a subpoena.
Papadopoulos to leave the federal prison
Not to be outdone, George Papadopoulos, the man whose tavern chatter has contributed to trigger the investigation of Russia, concludes his two-week prison on Friday. He will have served his time in a federal media prison in Oxford, Wisconsin.
Papadopoulos, who was working as a foreign policy advisor to Trump's campaign, pleaded guilty to lied to the FBI about his contacts with the Russians during the 2016 campaign. He agreed to cooperate with the investigators.
Prosecutors with the Mueller office requested a sentence within the guideline from zero to six months. They said his lies hindered the investigation. Furthermore, he did not provide substantial assistance to investigators despite agreeing to cooperate, prosecutors say.
After his conviction, Papadopoulos asked the court to delay his prison term until a separate case challenging Mueller's appointment had ended. Those requests were denied.
In recent months, Papadopoulos has attacked Russia's investigation on Twitter. He suggested that he was created as part of a conspiracy that targets Trump.
Once he leaves the federal prison on Friday, Papadopoulos is not entirely free. Take another year of controlled release.