Late Thursday evening, prosecutors working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a request asking for a 10-day delay on updating a federal judge on the status of former 2016 Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s cooperation with their office as it relates to the ongoing Russia investigation.
“Lawyers in the case were supposed to submit a status report Friday but asked U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington for an extension until Nov. 26. They didn’t explain why, saying in a brief filing on Thursday that they will then submit ‘a report that will be of greater assistance in the court’s management of this matter.'”
As Rachel Maddow noted on her show Thursday evening, the filing from Mueller tells us that something big is going to happen in the next 10 days:
“In this new report they just filed, Mueller’s prosecutors have just asked the judge to please give them 10 days before they tell the judge what’s up with Manafort’s case right now.
“Ten days? That is very strange. They say they’re not going to make tomorrow’s deadline, they would like a 10 day extension.”
While we’ve all been waiting on new developments in the Russia probe since the midterm election, as of yet there’s been nothing but silence from the special counsel’s office. But the request for a delay certainly hints that there will indeed be some major news from Mueller over the the next week and a half.
Maddow went on to add that it certainly sounds like we won’t have to wait much longer for answers to all of our questions regarding the special counsel’s investigation:
“There is a palpable sense right now that this is the — this is the time we have been expecting, this is the thing for which we have all been reading up on our history.”
So while we can’t predict exactly what we’ll be seeing in the days ahead, it certainly sounds like we’re closer than we’ve ever been before to some major news on the Russia probe.