The question gets asked just about every day: When will Special Counsel Robert Mueller take the next steps which will tell us the end might be near for Donald Trump and cabal of collaborators who may well have committed treason during the 2016 presidential campaign?
It’s been ten months since former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pled guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI and began cooperating with Mueller’s team of investigators. There’s little doubt that Flynn made that agreement with Mueller in exchange for providing information which will implicate someone higher up in the scandal who hasn’t yet been publicly named in an indictment.
It also seems fair to speculate that the figures most likely to be next as Mueller moves in are Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions, or Mike Pence. They’re the only “big fish” left that haven’t either been indicted or reached a plea agreement with the special counsel. Then again, there could be an as-yet-unsealed indictment with Donald Trump’s name on it, too.
All of this leads to the next question: When will it all happen? When do we get to see more people reporting to court with their attorneys and facing a federal judge to enter their plea? If you’re like me, it cannot come soon enough. But the delay may actually be good news in the long run. How so? Consider:
- Mueller is looking to cut a deal with one of the four individuals named above. Any of them can put him even closer to busting the president.
- Trump is the ultimate goal, and any case that’s to be made against him will have to be airtight, with every “i” dotted and “t” crossed. A good prosecutor doesn’t show his hand until he knows he’s holding the aces.
- With each day of waiting, Trump gets more frantic, more nervous, and proves his own guilt. It’s got to be slow torture for him, and it increases the probability that he’ll incriminate himself on Twitter or during an interview.
When Mueller does make his next move, you can count on one thing: It will shake Washington to its foundations and let us all know the beginning of the end is near for the Trump administration.