Thus far we’ve seen four of Donald Trump’s campaign advisers arrested for their roles in the Trump-Russia scandal, but only one of them went on to serve in Trump’s White House before his downfall. That’s about to change quickly, according to one of the people leading the investigation into the scandal. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee and has seen Trump-Russia evidence that we haven’t, just made a startling reveal.
Senator Blumenthal appeared on-air on CNN on Friday evening and said “I would predict there’ll be convictions and indictments early in the new year.” This part is actually nothing new, as Blumenthal tweeted something similar on December 30th. But this time around he’s adding that those indictments (and accompanying arrests) will include current and/or former members of Trump’s White House staff. He’s clearly not referring to Michael Flynn, who has already been indicted and cut a plea deal. He’s talking about other people in Trump’s White House. So what’s he getting at, and why is he revealing this now?
Over the past month, several Republicans in Congress have tried to sabotage Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal. Earlier today, two Republican members of Blumenthal’s committee, Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley, made the incredible (and illegal) move of calling for criminal charges against Trump-Russia dossier author Christopher Steele even though they know he’s committed no crime.
Senator Blumenthal is actively fighting back against the dishonest noise coming from Donald Trump’s apologists, by putting some real information out there. It’s a reminder that Trump and his allies are acting in such depraved fashion because they’re desperate and they think the whole thing is about to cave in on them. Blumenthal isn’t going to tell us who’s about to be arrested, for fear of tainting those prosecutions. But he’s sending a message to Trump’s people that they’re not winning this – and they’re the ones who will be facing the handcuffs soon.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report