*A 12-Count Indictment
*Requirements to post $10 million and $5 million-dollar bonds
*Pleas of Not Guilty
Quite a Monday for Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, wouldn’t you say?
And yet, I sense the best is yet to come.
The thing about such comprehensive major investigations like the one Robert Mueller is conducting is that once the first indictments are announced, you are guaranteed to see bit-players come out of the woodwork, trying to make deals while deals can still be made – and before the next wave of indictments are announced.
And so was the case with George Popadopoulos, a foreign policy advisor to Donald Trump. His arrest came early on – in July of 2017 — and it was only in October of 2017 that he finally plead guilty to charges that he lied to the FBI during their investigation of Russian meddling in US politics.
So, the question begs itself, what information has Popadopoulos imparted of his own free will in the three months that has passed since July? To what extent did he have knowledge and opportunity that could lead to further substantiating evidence of Russia’s interference with our election process? Clearly, the evidence shows that the interest was there, so if there’s smoke, is there fire?
Meanwhile, back in Washington, Trump is publicly fretting that the investigation and its results, will “hamper” his ability to negotiate on a world stage. To that I say, Mr. President, you have only to look at your own lack of credibility and inability to tell the truth as the cornerstones of your being “hampered” in negotiations – world-wise — or otherwise.
Bring it on, Mr. Mueller. America is counting on you.