Then on Wednesday, Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, finds out his sentence for his guilty pleas to charges brought by Mueller and federal prosecutors in New York.
Cohen pleaded guilty in August to campaign-finance charges brought by the prosecutors; in late November, he returned to the same federal courthouse in New York to admit to a charge of lying to Congress brought by Mueller.
Defense lawyers had asked Judge William Pauley not to send him to jail. They argued that Cohen's cooperation with investigators demonstrated his decision to change his life for the sake of his country and family.
But that argument received a blistering rebuke from federal prosecutors in their sentencing memo Friday. They called for the judge to impose a "substantial term of imprisonment," citing guidelines of 51 to 63 months in prison.
Cohen's crimes, specifically his involvement in payments made in 2016 to two women who claim they had affairs with Trump, were intended "to influence the election from the shadows," prosecutors said.
They added: "He did so by orchestrating secret and illegal payments to silence two women who otherwise would have made public their alleged extramarital affairs" with Trump, who is referred to as "Individual-1." The White House denies the allegations.
The special counsel's office took a softer tone in its sentencing document filed minutes later. It said Cohen, 52, had given the special counsel "relevant and useful information" about contacts with people connected to the White House. The special counsel team also said Cohen gave Mueller "information about attempts by other Russian nationals" to contact the Trump campaign as far back as November 2015.
The special counsel did not provide a suggested sentence for Cohen's charge of lying to Congress about a proposal to build a Trump Tower development in Moscow. But they added that any sentence should be concurrent with the charges brought by the New York federal prosecutors. Cohen had told U.S. lawmakers in August 2017 that the Moscow project ended in January 2016. But the special counsel said Cohen's discussions about the proposal had continued as late as June 2016 — only five months before the election.