Special Counsel Robert Mueller is off the job, but his investigation is still plowing ahead without him. It’s since fallen under the authority of permanent federal prosecutors, and the question has been whether corrupt Attorney General William Barr would be able to interfere with it. But a new development strongly suggests that the grand jury is targeting one of the key moments of the Trump-Russia election conspiracy.
Mueller had been trying to force Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller to testify before a grand jury since last year, but Miller fought him in court every step of the way. Sometime after Mueller turned in his final report, Miller finally caved, and he testified last week – but it never was entirely clear that Miller was being asked to testify about. Obviously it had something to do with Stone, but how big or small was it?
Yesterday, CNN revealed that Miller had turned over, among other documents, the “written agenda for Stone while he was at the Republican National Convention in 2016.” Whoa, wait a minute here. This helps explain why Mueller fought so hard to try to force Miller to testify, even after Roger Stone had been indicted on various felony charges. This is about something much bigger than just Stone.
It’s long been widely documented that senior representatives from the Russian government attended the 2016 Republican National Convention, and steered the Trump campaign toward shifting the wording of the Republican Party platform to a less anti-Russia stance. Now it turns out the grand jury is looking at what then-Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone was up to during the convention.
Keep in mind that grand juries only have a single purpose: to indict people for alleged crimes. This grand jury clearly believes that there was a criminal element to what Stone was doing on behalf of the Donald Trump campaign, at the Republican National Convention – which just happened to be one of the linchpins of the Trump-Russia election conspiracy. Not only are there more indictments coming out of this incident, they may not be limited to Stone. To be clear, Miller’s status as an involuntary grand jury witness strongly suggests that he’s not the criminal target here. So who is? Stay tuned.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report