If loose lips sink ships, then the Trump-Russia conspiracy to rig the election has now turned into the Titanic. Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos has once again given away Trump-Russia secrets to a stranger in a bar, recently revealing that Jeff Sessions was in on the plot to get dirt about Hillary Clinton from the Russians. When you step back from the surreal nature of yet another Papadopoulos leak in a bar, the real story here is about Sessions – and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller arrested Papadopoulos last summer for having initially lied to the FBI. This led to Papadopoulos immediately cutting a plea deal and spilling his guts to Mueller about the Trump-Russia scandal. It then took for months for just the arrest itself to become public knowledge. We never did learn what Papadopoulos specifically testified about, or whom he ratted out for doing what. But we do know that Papadopoulos told Mueller everything he knew, or else he’d have been re-arrested by now as the investigation has continued to unfold.
So if Papadopoulos is now telling strangers that Jeff Sessions encouraged him to get dirt from the Russians, it means Papadopoulos told this to Mueller last summer. In other words, Mueller has had Sessions nailed for roughly ten months. It raises questions about why Sessions hasn’t yet been arrested, and why he’s still on the job.
One of the most bizarre aspects of the Trump-Russia probe is that Jeff Sessions needs to keep his job as Attorney General in order to block Donald Trump from being able to fire Robert Mueller. It’s possible Mueller has gone all this time without indicting or arresting Sessions for that reason. It’s also possible that Sessions secretly cut a plea deal with Mueller a long time ago. But one way or the other, we now know that Mueller has had a cooperating witness against Sessions since last summer, further adding into the intrigue.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report