While Trump is acting like a child, putting on one heck of a show for us on Twitter and across the globe during his travel, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is still quietly digging into the Trump-Russia scandal and new grand jury details reveal just how aggressively Mueller is going after Trump himself.
Just a few weeks ago, we heard that campaign co-chair Sam Clovis testified in a Trump related grand jury and we weren’t sure if it was on his own behalf or because he was flipping on someone.
Now we know that Robert Mueller has used the appearance to question Clovis, according to Bloomberg, about whether or not Trump knew about his collusion with Russia. This is big, folks.
“The ultimate question Mueller is after is whether candidate Trump and then President-elect Trump knew of the discussions going on with Russia, and who approved or even directed them,” said one source.
Bill Palmer points out:
First, the Reuters article says that Clovis is cooperating all the way. Clovis was beneath only Trump and Manafort in the campaign hierarchy, so he’s in a position to know whether or not Trump knew – and if so, he’s already given Trump up. Second, this means that Mueller is already deep into building a criminal case directly against Trump, as he’s asking witnesses questions with the specific intent of getting them to incriminate Trump. Third, it strongly suggests that Mueller doesn’t need Manafort in order to build a case against Trump, and he really did arrest Manafort just to get those with weaker stomachs to panic and begin cooperating.
We’ve thought all along that Mueller was working to build an obstruction of justice case against Trump, but now we know it appears that Mueller is trying to prove the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia were a crime in and of themselves.
Why is that important? Because it means Mueller’s investigation strongly suggests that Trump could in fact be charged with conspiracy against the United States, which is of course a federal crime.