Cooperating Witnesses are people that help investigators by providing information against others that committed crimes, often times crimes that the witness either took part in directly or personally witnessed. Usually, they’re cooperating with the prosecution and investigators for consideration of leniency in their own sentencing.
Just as with most other criminal cases, in the Mueller Investigation, a cooperating witness has to be able to offer something more than themselves. They have to be able to provide evidence on someone or something more important than them. For example, if a witness robbed a bank, and they can only provide evidence against someone committing petty vandalism, the prosecutor won’t work with them. However, if the bank robber can implicate the rest of their crew, or provide evidence against the crime boss that ordered and planned the robbery, the prosecution might be willing to make a deal for testimony. This deal could include a reduced prison sentence, immunity against certain crimes, or other considerations like serving a sentence in a specific prison or getting extra privileges.
This article, which will be updated over time, lists the confirmed, rumored, and disproven cooperating witnesses, and will be updated over time.
Alex Van Der Zwan
April 15th: Began article and listed names.