In a desperate attempt to put a positive spin on the 12 indictments handed down in mid-July against members of the Russian intelligence service known as the GRU, the White House issued a statement which read:
“Today’s charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result. This is consistent with what we have been saying all along.”
While it’s true that those indictments didn’t include direct allegations against the Trump campaign, they did refer to a close Trump ally who has long been under the watchful eye of Special Counsel Robert Mueller: Roger Stone.
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said shortly after the Russian indictments were announced that Mueller’s next batch of indictments will indeed contain the names of Americans. Hayden told CNN:
“The more this goes on, the more I believe we are going to see a widening circle here.
“I would not be surprised if this is not the last indictment we see that doesn’t mention an American.”
So who might be on the so-called “American” indictments? Look for these names:
Roger Stone: Stone has numerous connections to both Wikileaks and the Russian hacker Guccifer 2.0. Now that Mueller has indicted the Russian end of the leaks that helped doom Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Stone is the next logical step.
Jared Kushner: Jared was one of the architects of the Trump campaign’s online strategy, helping to plan what ads to purchase on Facebook and how to best use leaked information to the benefit of the 2016 Trump team. He has long been suspected of having financial ties to Russia, too.
Brad Parscale: Parscale was the digital media director for the 2016 Trump for president campaign. He is now the overall campaign manager for the Trump 2020 reelection effort. Parscale’s fingerprints are all over the Russian conspiracy, and you can expect him to be indicted.
Donald Trump Jr.: It all goes back to that infamous meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016. Trump, Kushner, and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed to the meeting so they could obtain “dirt” on Clinton from Russian operatives. They later claimed the conclave was about adoption.
So there you have the four most likely traitors who will soon be appearing before a federal judge. There will likely be others, but Mueller will probably save the biggest fish of all — Donald Trump, Mike Pence, GOP members of Congress — for the very last.
No matter how you slice it, Mueller’s Russian indictments have placed him right outside the Oval Office. His next indictments will blow the windows out of the West Wing.