For months now, we’ve all wondered about the status of the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into the 2016 election and whether or not anyone in this country cooperated with Russia in order to help Donald Trump get elected.
We do know that Mueller has been following the money trail and has also indicted or accepted guilty pleas from people such as former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, but something said this week by a member of the Senate Intelligence suggests that Mueller may indeed have an ace up his sleeve: Someone in the White House or Congress actively working to gather information regarding 2016.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) tweeted out this juicy scenario on Friday:
Here's a happy holiday thought: imagine if someone in GOP anti-Mueller campaign were actually cooperating with Mueller, and gathering evidence of intent to obstruct justice. Just sayin'. I'd love to see those emails!
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) December 23, 2017
Talk about a game changer! Someone working publicly against Mueller is actually a double agent, a plant, a mole, and is investigating from the inside. Not just emails might be involved, it might also mean recordings of phone calls or even actual conversations obtained with body wires.
Here’s another scenario: A GOP member of Congress might be the person Mueller has flipped in exchange for immunity. We know that at least one Republican in Congress — Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) — is on Mueller’s radar screen. There could well be others who accepted money from Russian sources and are now looking for a way out. What better way than by assisting the Special Counsel?
Simply by making the suggestion, Senator Whitehouse may have planted a seed of doubt among those who are trying their best to discredit Mueller, and that alone makes his comments incredibly valuable. Even if it’s just an elaborate mind game, it’s brilliant.
Remember a lesson we learned from Watergate: One of the most important witnesses against Richard Nixon was his own White House counsel, John Dean. Trump may have his own John Dean working with him each and every day. And when that modern-day John Dean tells what he knows, it could be the end of Donald Trump.