At the going rate of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal, it’s becoming too difficult to keep track of all the individuals that have been indicted and/or under investigation.
However, the tally of Donald Trump’s former advisers that have agreed to be sentenced to prison because of their roles in the scandal currently sits at three, while one of them is already serving his time in prison. Considering the fallout thus far, one can’t help but wonder: Who is next?
Well, before we dive into that, let’s briefly revisit Paul Manafort’s case. All things considered, it’s really no surprise at all that Mueller has hit the former Trump campaign chairman with obstruction of justice charges.
In addition to that, he has already charged Manafort with a litany of things, and most likely won’t stop charging the man until he finally caves and starts giving people up. Regardless, as much as Manafort and his charges stand out in the investigation, perhaps Mueller’s latest move regarding charges against alleged Russian government spy Konstantin Kilimnik stands out even more.
Robert Mueller has been after Kilimnik for quite some time, but never could find anything to charge him with. However, that has changed as Mueller is now hitting him with obstruction of justice, and conspiracy to obstruct justice, but no other charges.
This is particularly interesting because of what he is being charged with, as it seems Mueller has established a trend of charging only those who have committed obstruction only, or who can only be nailed for obstruction.
So what does this mean? Well, it sheds light on who could be next: Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller, or even Sean Hannity (take your pick). Why? Because if their attempts at blatantly helping Trump sabotage the investigation meet the legal definition of obstruction, then the shoe fits.
While at first glance this may not stand out as the clearest message to most, there’s a laundry list of individuals, including but not limited to those named above, that should take heed. If Mueller is aiming to throw everyone in prison who has allegedly committed obstruction of justice during the course of the Trump-Russia investigation, then it’s only going to be a matter of time before they could be next. And as we’ve learned in the cases of Michael Flynn and Rick Gates, cutting plea deals against Donald Trump may not necessarily save them from prison time, either.