President Donald Trump has repeatedly derided the Russian Federation investigation, calling it a politically motivated "witch hunt" and a "hoax".
Paul Manafort, the Mueller investigation's top cooperator, may learn Friday when he'll be sentenced.
Kevin Downing, Manafort's attorney said that the former Trump campaign chair was suffering "significant issues" with his health in the Alexandria jail where he is being detained. "A lot of it has to do with his terms of confinement".
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III called the hearing to set a sentencing date for Manafort and order probation officers to begin an investigation of his personal circumstances. A joint status report with regard to sentencing in that other case is due November 16.
Manafort was convicted of eight counts in the tax and fraud trial in the Eastern District of Virginia earlier this year.More news: Unai Emery refuses to get carried away by Arsenal's great run
Ellis dropped the charges on which the jury had deadlocked, but did so without prejudice, meaning the prosecution could reintroduce them. But then the case took a twist. Prosecutors, the agreement notes, could eventually argue for the dismissal of the Virginia charges depending on the level of his cooperation in ongoing investigations. Cooperation with the ongoing investigation may mean a lesser sentence for Manafort depending on whether the government believes he "provided substantial assistance in investigating or prosecuting another person". So far, Mueller has secured more than two dozen indictments or guilty pleas. "I do not extend sentencing in circumstances like this", he said.
It wasn't the first time he had locked horns with Mueller's team.
Rosenstein supervises Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into connections between Trump's 2016 presidential election and Russian efforts to interfere with the results, and Democrats have characterized the GOP attacks on him as part of a concerted effort to undermine the probe.
He faces as long as a decade in prison in Virginia and another 10 years on the two conspiracy counts in Washington.
Prosecutors say Manafort falsified the documents, leaving off millions in income. Manafort said he laundered more than $30 million, cheated the USA of $15 million in taxes and failed to tell US authorities about a secret lobbying campaign he undertook on behalf of Ukraine.