Mueller to outline Middle Eastern countries’ efforts to influence US politics: report

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is reportedly planning to begin releasing information concerning foreign countries' efforts to interfere in U.S. politics and the 2016 presidential election.

The Daily Beast reports that three sources familiar with Mueller's efforts in the Russia investigation say that prosecutors will begin outlining in court filings next year how foreign countries, in particular ones in the Middle East, attempted to exert influence over the Trump administration.

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A former U.S. attorney told The Daily Beast that the remaining unreported evidence could amount to "more" than what U.S. experts have anticipated.

“If this is going to be unveiled, this would be like the surfacing of the submarine but on the other plank which we haven’t seen,” former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman told the news site.

“I guess what Mueller has to date has turned out to be pretty rich and detailed and more than we anticipated," he added. "This could turn out to be a rich part of the overall story."

The ongoing legal battles surrounding President TrumpDonald John TrumpBob Woodward: I’m 'thankful’ I don’t have to cover Russia probe on 'daily basis' GoFundMe launches ‘Government Shutdown Direct Relief Fund’ for federal workers GoFundMe launches ‘Government Shutdown Direct Relief Fund’ for federal workers MORE's closest associates took a sharp turn this week with the sentencing of Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, to three years in prison over various criminal charges including campaign finance violations related to payments he said were made at Trump's direction to women threatening to publicly disclose affairs they said they had with the president.

Democrats and critics of the administration have pointed to the recent court filings as evidence that Trump was involved in criminal behavior that aided his campaign's efforts to win the presidency.

Trump has also long faced criticism for not separating himself fully from his businesses upon taking the White House, instead deciding to place the Trump Organization into a blind trust controlled by his two adult sons. Critics have said that business between the Trump Organization and foreign leaders, as well as the Trump Organization's frequent use by GOP groups for events, could violate the Constitution's Emoluments Clause.