A few days ago, Rudy Giuliani told the New York Times that he had it on good authority Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be wrapping up his investigation into the 2016 election by no later than September 1 of this year. That was later proven to be nothing but speculation on Giuliani’s part, and now a court filing from Mueller’s team suggests the probe is more extensive and involves more people than we ever imagined.
Mueller made the filing in response to a request from several media outlets to obtain records related to the investigation, and one paragraph sums up just how extensive the special counsel team’s search for evidence has been and continues to be:
“Many aspects of the investigation are factually and legally interconnected: they involve overlapping courses of conduct, relationships, and events, and they rely on similar sources, methods, and techniques. The investigation is not complete and its details remain non-public.”
That last sentence — “The investigation is not complete and its details remain non-public” — is virtually guaranteed to both enrage and terrify Donald Trump. He and his attorneys have been trying for months to speed up the timetable and rush Mueller. All to no avail.
The same court filing made in response to the media inquiries also tells us there’s more indictments and arrests yet to come:
“The fact that certain charges have been brought does not imply that the Special Counsel’s investigation into the assigned matters is closed. Nor does it imply that the search warrant materials could be unsealed at this time without creating a serious risk of jeopardizing the ongoing and interconnected aspects of the investigation.”
It’s also instructive to note that Mueller references “courses of conduct, relationships, and events,” because that tells us there was a conspiracy at some level, perhaps including Trump, Mike Pence, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., and any others who had contact with Russian officials or operatives. That means all of them can be charged with conspiracy against the United States, which carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison. If other crimes are committed as part of that conspiracy (and that’s almost always the case) the sentence can be increased to 20 or even 30 years behind bars.
Robert Mueller is far from done building his case. And that’s very bad news for an already nervous Donald Trump.