Mueller team asks court for delay, citing 'press of other work'

Mueller team asks court for delay, citing 'press of other work'

Prosecutors with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's team on Tuesday asked a judge to extend a deadline for them to respond in court to a request brought by The Washington Post, citing the “press of other work.”

“Counsel responsible for preparing the response face the press of other work and require additional time to consult within the government,” Deputy Solicitor General Michael R. Dreeben and prosecutor Adam C. Jed wrote in a filing, according to the Post.

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The newspaper is seeking to unseal records in the criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortPoll: Nearly half of Republicans say no one on Trump campaign committed a crime It is wrong to say 'no collusion' The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? MORE.

A response from the special counsel, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, is due March 21. The special counsel is now asking a judge to push that deadline to April 1. According to the Post, the newspaper's attorneys did not oppose the special counsel's request for an extension.

In asking for records in Manafort's case to be unsealed, the Post in a previous court filing cited “the profound public interest in these proceedings.”

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia is overseeing the case.

Manafort last week was sentenced to a total of 7 1/2 years in prison after being convicted last year in Virginia on eight criminal charges and separately pleading guilty to charges brought in the District of Columbia.