As each day passes, more and more information points to an inevitable conclusion: President Trump and many of his top advisers are in serious legal jeopardy as Special Counsel Robert Mueller expands his investigation of the 2016 election.
On Wednesday, we had two more major developments:
- Two Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to Mueller alleging that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn served as a go-between on a deal between Russia and Saudi Arabia for nuclear technology.
- Flynn’s son, Michael Jr. also became a subject of the investigation.
Not long after those latest bombshells went off, Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe posted this on Twitter:
When the indictments start rolling out, I predict an avalanche. And for Trump to escape being an unindicted co-conspirator wd be miraculous. https://t.co/2sXCdI3wGW
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) September 13, 2017
It seems quite likely that if both Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort testify before a grand jury–and do so truthfully–they will indeed finger Trump as having known all about efforts by the Russians to help sway the election in favor of the president. It has already been established that Vladimir Putin was terrified Hillary Clinton would win and has never forgiven her for efforts the State Department took against the Russian president when he last ran for office in 2011. As Politico noted in July of last year:
“When mass protests against Russian President Vladimir Putin erupted in Moscow in December 2011, Putin made clear who he thought was really behind them: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“With the protesters accusing Putin of having rigged recent elections, the Russian leader pointed an angry finger at Clinton, who had issued a statement sharply critical of the voting results. ‘She said they were dishonest and unfair,’ Putin fumed in public remarks, saying that Clinton gave ‘a signal’ to demonstrators working ‘with the support of the U.S. State Department’ to undermine his power. ‘We need to safeguard ourselves from this interference in our internal affairs,’ Putin declared.”
Even if Trump isn’t personally indicted, he will probably be named as a co-conspirator in the illegal actions of Flynn, who had tremendous access to Trump and traveled often with him during the 2016 campaign. And a co-conspirator can be charged even in the absence of a formal indictment because they are still considered to be part of the larger conspiracy.
So while Sean Hannity and his colleagues at Fox News may try to dismiss the latest details of the Russia probe as “a nothing burger,” this week’s revelations show that Mueller’s critics may be forced to eat their words in due time.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org