Donald Trump just took a big swing and miss with the Devin Nunes memo. It was a desperate last ditch attempt at fending off the Trump-Russia investigation, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller prepares to try to force Trump to testify in the scandal. Four of Trump’s people have been arrested thus far. Now that we’re nearing the end of the obstruction investigation, look for these people to be arrested next:
Jared Kushner: Michael Flynn would not have been given such a lenient plea deal unless he provided compelling evidence against bigger fish. Flynn and Kushner met with the Russian Ambassador during the transition period. Kushner then met with the head of a Russian bank, even as Flynn worked with the Ambassador in a plot against the United States. Our guess is Flynn has turned over enough evidence to nail Kushner, and that he’ll be arrested immediately after Trump decides whether or not to grant an interview to Mueller. That is, of course, if Kushner doesn’t cut a deal against Trump first.
Donald Trump Jr: Mueller is heavily focused on Junior’s meeting with the Russian government during the election. He’s been caught admitting in an email that he was seeking dirt about Hillary Clinton from the Russians, which is a crime against the United States. Unless he cuts a deal against his father, which seems highly unlikely, he’ll be arrested.
Hope Hicks: There’s some degree of legal jeopardy for everyone on Donald Trump’s staff who discussed covering up Junior’s meeting with Russia. Mueller has the testimony of former Trump legal spokesman Mark Corallo, who insists that Hope Hicks in particular promised to suppress or destroy the email evidence of Junior’s guilt. Mueller is prioritizing obstruction of justice charges, so unless Hicks cuts a deal, there’s no doubt she’ll be arrested.
Devin Nunes: He’s spent the past year repeatedly trying to obstruct justice in the name of derailing the Trump-Russia investigation. His motivation: he was on the Trump transition team. Michael Flynn informed the transition team of his illegal plot with the Russian Ambassador. Mueller has all of the transition team emails. He knows what role Nunes played. It’s why Nunes keeps acting in such bizarre ways. His memo all but seals the fact that he’ll be arrested for obstruction of justice.
Keep in mind that arrests are based on grand jury indictments or probable cause, and are not proof of guilt. The innocence or guilt of anyone arrested in the Trump-Russia scandal will ultimately have to be decided by a judge and jury, unless a plea deal is reached first. Thus far, two of the four people arrested in the Trump-Russia scandal have agreed to plea deals, with a third one in negotiations to do the same.
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