When you look at the indictment filed in court against longtime Trump friend and confidant Roger Stone on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., it quickly becomes clear that Special Counsel Robert Mueller already knows exactly what he plans to charge Donald Trump with, and that main charge has long been Trump’s worst nightmare.
In an article she wrote for The Daily Beast, former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade notes that the language used by Mueller’s team of prosecutors is very telling:
“In paragraph 12, the indictment reads, ‘After the July 22, 2016 release of stolen DNC emails by Organization 1 [believed to be WikiLeaks], a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact STONE about any additional releases and what other damaging information [WikiLeaks] had regarding the Clinton Campaign.’
“Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team choose their words carefully. Why use the passive voice here unless intentionally trying to avoid using a noun? In other words, the sentence seems to be crafted to intentionally omit the name or description of the person who directed Stone to contact WikiLeaks. What’s that all about?”
First of all, there’s the line “senior Trump Campaign official.” Who could that be? Steve Bannon? Paul Manafort? The list of who would qualify for such a title is pretty limited, and it includes none other than Donald Trump himself, McQuade writes:
“The omission of the name or even a description of the person’s role hints that this person may be Trump himself, the one person who cannot be indicted under Department of Justice policy. In that case, we will have to wait for Mueller’s report, and hope that the report is public, to learn this person’s identity.”
But the larger clue in the indictment is the fact that it proves multiple people were involved in the plot to influence the 2016 election. And that means there was a conspiracy. As McQuade rightly concludes:
“A conspiracy is simply an agreement to commit a crime, and the agreement need not even succeed to violate the law. It would not take much additional evidence to support charges that supersede the existing GRU indictment and add as defendants anyone who participated in this conspiracy to defraud the United States by interfering with the fair administration of elections.”
And even if Mueller doesn’t formally indict Trump for conspiracy to defraud the United States, he can name him as an unindicted co-conspirator and prove another damaging point: That Donald Trump is an illegitimate president who cheated his way into the Oval Office. That alone might be enough to destroy the Traitor-in-Chief.