Rudy believes in some statements that the sentencing of George Papadopoulos means an end to the Mueller investigation.
The reality might be that it only signals the end of one phase since there are so many possible subjects/targets further up the indictment ladder.
In the sequence of events, and if one uses the Steele Dossier as a guide, there’s so much more to investigate, especially as now the Cohen raid has opened up some further lines of inquiry.
A court filing Wednesday from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office may be a signal that his investigation into Russian efforts to coordinate with the Trump campaign is nearing a conclusion.
The filing asks a federal judge to start the process of preparing a pre-sentencing report for former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty last year to lying to investigators in the Trump-Russia probe.
The move indicates that a sentencing for Papadopoulos could come this summer — without him testifying at the trials of others who may have been involved in alleged collusion with the Kremlin on its attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. No one faces such charges at the moment.
It’s also possible that the filing is a sign that the investigation has progressed to the point that prosecutors have concluded Papadopoulos’s testimony would not be useful in any future cases.
Trump supporters then: George Papadopoulos? He was a volunteer with a limited role. A coffee boy, if you will.
Trump supporters now: An FBI informant met with George Papadopoulos!?!? This is vast overreach, meant to infiltrate the highest levels of the Trump campaign.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) May 23, 2018
THREAD: Why did Mueller ask the judge to begin the process of preparing for Papadopoulos’s sentencing? (Short answer: His cooperation will be coming to an end in the upcoming months.) https://t.co/EwHn7yyDcY
Ã¢ÂÂ Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) May 23, 2018
This likely means Mueller won’t use Papadopoulos as a trial witness. Whether that’s because he won’t be indicting anything he could be useful for, because the case is tight without him and/or because there is an issue with putting P on the witness stand isn’t clear yet. https://t.co/NBUEM7qwZo
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) May 23, 2018