Even as Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team prepare to rest their case in a Paul Manafort trial that’s going extraordinarily well for them, Mueller is also plowing forward with his grand jury proceedings. Today we learned that Mueller is preparing a subpoena against radio host Randy Credico, a name that has been bouncing around in Trump-Russia circles for several months. So why now? Why use a subpoena instead of just asking him? And who’s really being targeted here?
Back when Roger Stone testified about the Trump-Russia scandal before Congress, he was asked to reveal the identity of his go-between with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Stone named his old friend Randy Credico, effectively trying to shift the criminal culpability to him. That set off a long period of controversy as the two publicly argued over what really happened. Credico then released private messages revealing that Stone had threatened to kill him and kidnap his dog if he testified.
That brings us to today, with Ari Melber revealing that Mueller is about to subpoena Credico. This isn’t particularly surprising. All along, Credico has seemed to hint that he wanted to testify, but that he didn’t want to be seen as a snitch by showing up voluntarily. So there is every reason to expect that Credico will comply with the subpoena. The larger question may be why Mueller is doing this now, and not six months ago, or a month from now.
Over the past week we’ve seen Robert Mueller line up key grand jury witnesses against Roger Stone, including Kristin Davis and Andrew Miller. It’s clear that Mueller is close to completing his case against Stone. In that context, hauling in Randy Credico can be seen as perhaps the final piece to the puzzle. In other words, look for Stone to be arrested soon – and look for Mueller to seek the extradition of Julian Assange.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report