Mueller appears to have been thinking this through carefully — not rocking the boat while he waited out Trump. His team delayed a mid-November hearing, where prosecutors were supposed to discuss Paul Manafort’s “lack of cooperation.” They made that accusation Monday, after Trump’s answers were in hand.
So the timeline looks like it’s speeding up, after four months of near-silence from Mueller. Manafort’s lack of cooperation might be the opening needed to file Mueller’s most explosive findings in public shortly.
That could include new information about that mysterious 2016 Trump Tower meeting, or details about a possible Assange connection.
Based on Monday’s court filing, Mueller apparently hopes to quickly issue a “report” on Manafort’s activities to the court, one that — if it’s anything like other documents Mueller has filed thus far — will be more informed, more knowledgeable, and more detailed than we can imagine.