The legal process for taking down the kingpin of an organized crime outfit is nearly as complex and slow-moving as the political process for taking down a criminal president. It’s why it’s taken so long for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to get to this point. But after a fast moving week of major developments and fundamental changes, Mueller is now officially spitting fire.
Consider this: Robert Mueller’s prosecution team is preparing to rest its case against Paul Manafort on Monday, and yet Mueller hasn’t even been a participant. He’s already moved on the next stage, which at the least, includes the indictments of Roger Stone and Julian Assange. Why is this one so important? It’ll be the first arrest of a Donald Trump campaign adviser specifically for conspiring with the Russians to try to alter the outcome of the election. But again, this is just the half of it.
Mueller is subpoenaing Randy Credico, who allegedly acted as the go-between for them, and who can also testify that Stone tried to intimidate him as a witness. He’s hauling in people like Kristin Davis and a reluctant Andrew Miller from Stone’s professional life, in order to nail him on additional charges beyond Trump-Russia. And of course this comes as Mueller prepares to force Donald Trump’s hand on sitting down for an interview. If Trump refuses, Mueller can – and probably will – subpoena him.
Things are all now playing out in real time. Robert Mueller is spitting fire in several directions at once, and this is before getting to whatever else he’s got going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about. We’ve reached an inflection point in the Trump-Russia investigation where there’s going to be a whole lot more action than talk. Buckle up.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report