On Thursday, as the nation was focused on the package bombs being mailed to Democratic political figures, news organizations, and others who have criticized Donald Trump, a filing in a federal court located in New York gave us tantalizing hints at what the next move by Special Counsel Robert Mueller will be in the Russia investigation.
BuzzFeed and USA Today both report that the filing — which was in response to a request by the New York Times that a federal judge unseal search warrants and other materials connected with the FBI raid on the office and residences of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen — give us a peek behind the curtain when it comes to the way Mueller’s team is building their conspiracy case against the president and members of his 2016 campaign. USA Today notes:
“[Such] disclosure would almost certainly result in a very public guessing game in which the media and members of the public attempted to guess the identities of the uncharged parties described in the materials – particularly [sic] the campaign finance portions. This would leave those individuals in the unfair position of defending against speculation that they were or currently are under investigation.”
“Campaign finance portions” would seem to refer to any funds used to help buttress the 2016 Trump campaign, including from foreign sources or individuals who may have contributed illegal money in violation of American election laws. It could also include services donated to the Trump effort, including ads purchased on social media sites in the closing days of the 2016 presidential race.
Since we know Cohen and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have already pled guilty and are fully cooperating with Mueller, who else might be part of the grand jury’s work and could soon see their name on indictments? Here’s a partial list:
Donald Trump Jr.
Junior was one of the key figures present at the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting at which Russian nationals promised to turn over “dirt” Russian intelligence had on Hillary Clinton.
Kushner was also present at the Trump Tower meeting and also serves as a senior adviser to the president. It has long been suspected that Kushner may have laundered money for Russia oligarchs in violation of U.S. law.
Stone has bragged that he was the go-between for the Trump campaign with WikiLeaks, and his name keeps coming up in any discussion of the Russia probe.
Those three are at the top of the pecking order for Mueller and his investigators. Don’t be surprised if their indictments — along with several others — are unsealed shortly after the November 6 midterm election.
Lock them all up!