Special Counsel Robert Mueller has already arrested three people in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal, with two of them under house arrest and a third having pleaded guilty. Now comes the question of who’s next. Some names are easier to guess than others, based on existing grand juries and previous leaks. But now the experts are focusing on seven names who could be the next to be arrested – and most of them are major players in the scandal.
This week we saw the arrests of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates, along with the announcement of the earlier secret arrest of Trump adviser George Papadopoulos. Now Mueller may be looking to make it an even ten. A source inside Trump’s inner circle has given seven additional names to CBS News (link). The first two are not a surprise: Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who is the focus of a federal grand jury in Virginia, and Michael Flynn Jr, who is alleged to have conspired with his father.
Also on the CBS News list is former Trump adviser Carter Page, who testified to the House Intel Committee on Thursday that he did indeed meet with Russian government officials during his summer 2016 Moscow trip – and that he notified the campaign about it. Trump campaign official Sam Clovis is also on the list; he reportedly testified before a Mueller grand jury this week, and it’s unknown if he was testifying in his own defense or in a case against another player. Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen is on the list, which may explain why the Senate Intelligence Committee recently canceled his scheduled public testimony at the last minute.
The two names that may raise the most eyebrows are Jared Kushner and Felix Sater. Kushner is Trump’s son-in-law, and this week it was reported that he began cooperating with Robert Mueller in relation to the firing of FBI Director James Comey, suggesting that Kushner may be trying to fend off a possible arrest. Sater is a convicted Russian mafia money launderer who conducted significant real estate business with Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump, suggesting that his arrest could be an attempt to get him to flip on Trump’s kids.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report