Whenever I write about the Russia investigation, I get asked the same question time and time again: Why isn’t Robert Mueller moving faster? Trump is destroying this country and we need to get rid of him ASAP!
While I share the impatience of others in the resistance, I also know that a careful man like Mueller is not going to be rushed, and that’s actually a very good thing, because if he isn’t meticulous, the results he reports and charges he files could wind up being dismissed or thrown out of court. These things take time, but in the age of the internet, we all expect everything to happen at the speed of light.
All of this makes what was said over the weekend by Senator Mark Warner, (D-VA), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee even more intriguing.
At an annual Democratic Party dinner held at Martha’s Vineyard, Warner told his fellow Democrats:
“If you get me one more glass of wine, I’ll tell you stuff only Bob Mueller and I know. If you think you’ve seen wild stuff so far, buckle up. It’s going to be a wild couple of months.”
Warner didn’t reveal anything he wasn’t supposed to, but he certainly did get everyone’s attention with his warning that we need to “buckle up” for the surprises that are ahead in the next couple of months. And while we cannot possibly read Senator Warner’s mind to determine what he knows, here are some things you might want to keep an eye on:
- Mueller will probably release one or more of the reports of his findings no later than September because he doesn’t want to be viewed as trying to influence the midterm elections if he waits until October or later.
- Paul Manafort could well be on the verge of cooperating with Mueller.
- Michael Cohen has told friends he’s ready to spill what he knows about the Trump-Russia case to federal investigators.
- There are dozens of sealed indictments related to the Russia probe still on file in both Virginia and Washington, D.C. Those indictments all have people’s names on them and will be eventually be made public.
So what happens next? We can’t know for sure, but as Senator Warner reminded us, we’re in for a wild couple of months. Buckle up!