Despite the Trump administration’s best efforts to paint the Mueller investigation as flawed based on timing and the purported basis of a federal warrant, the reason it still has not gone away quietly for this president is that there is proof that the underlying FBI investigation — which began the probe into Trump’s connections with Russia — began before the undercover inquiry into Carter Page, the subject of the disputed warrant.
The original subject of the inquiry is a name we all now know: George Papadopoulos, the so-called “coffee boy” whose influence on the presidential campaign Donald Trump has attempted to minimize ever since America found out who he was.
Unfortunately for Trump, it is also now public knowledge that Papadopoulos — Trump’s foreign policy adviser at the time — met with an Australian diplomat in London months before the larger investigation began, and told him that Russia had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton that they wanted to exchange for a lifting a crippling sanctions against Russian oligarchs leveled during the implementation of the Magnitsky Act.
That was months before the infamous Trump Tower meeting ever happened, during which Don Jr, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner attempted to do exactly that — which led to the false statement that Trump himself just admitted to, dictating his son’s response to media inquiries about the meeting.
The reason it’s so easy to write all of this from a matter-of-fact point of view is that Robert Mueller, the intelligence pro who’s heading up the special counsel investigating it all, has extracted so many guilty pleas from the involved parties. As a matter of fact, essentially everyone who’s been caught so far that’s a major player with the exception of Paul Manafort, has pleaded guilty.
Including George Papadopoulos.
Now Mueller is asking the judge in Papadopoulos’ case, District Court Judge Randy Moss, to sentence Papadopoulos in September. He is charged with the felony of lying to federal investigators, and could be sentenced to 5 years in a penitentiary, although the judge is likely to follow whatever recommendation Mueller sets forth, since he got the guilty plea out of him.
A September sentencing would erase Republicans’ ability to call the court proceedings an “October Surprise” before the midterms, a factor I’m sure Mueller has considered, after the debacle of watching Jim Comey’s actions on the Hillary Clinton investigation just before the 2016 election, which many believe may have cost her that contest and set the Trump train rolling.
We’re just excited to watch the proceedings as they topple the major players inside the Trump campaign.
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