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When Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups for interfering with the 2016 U.S. elections; he opened the prosecutor’s entire “tool box” with respect to charging and prosecuting everyone who knowingly participated, whether they knew of the other co-conspirators or not. The announcement must be sending shivers through the Trump administration today. The statement released sounds desperate. They have good reason.

The indictments  – which I have now read through entirely – relate primarily to “on the ground” types of activities, the blocking and tackling of sowing “discord.” The indictment appears drafted specifically to maintain the division between addressing crimes which Americans assisted without knowing the full scope of intentions, and the crimes yet to come, those in which Americans knew of the objective and participated. The indictments maintain that division, while setting the baseline crime; “information warfare with the intention to sow political discord,” as the framework within which the prosecution will go forward.

Mueller is well aware that Putin will never allow extradition of the Russian people indicted today. There will not be a “trial” for the Russians named in the indictments, because American law enforcement will never get their hands upon them. Disavow yourself of any thoughts that these Russians will face American justice, or be forced to make plea deals.The indictment serves different purposes.

The charges demonstrate a massive collection of intelligence, down to details such as who owned Twitter hashtags for the Tennessee GOP, and the dozens of LLCs involved in the exchanges of money. Clearly, Mueller wants the American people to understand that this is no witch-hunt, that this is real, huge, invasive, and not going away. People can check the sources, even now, as I did. We see just how convincing these sites and people can appear. Thus, the documents serve a national security purpose. “Wake-up, America!” and “Be careful, Mr. President and Mr. Vice-President.”

Mueller’s indictments push back against the Vice-President’s statements that the Intel-Communities “universally agree” that nothing the Russians did altered the election. The statement is now preposterous. Russians were involved in “on the ground” activities, leading fund raisers, having speeches, etc. The Russians most certainly “meddled” and “altered” the American political landscape, and not just in cyberspace, but in Iowa and “real places.”

The indictments state that Russia wanted to “support Trump’s campaign and to hurt Clinton’s,” and that some defendants while posing as U.S. people communicated with “unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities.” Setting the principle crime defines the “object” or “intention” of the criminals, allowing prosecutors to then join others (Americans) into the Russian conspiracy. Any American who knew that the Russian government intended to sow discord and illegally defraud the United States, and then knowingly acted in a way to help the Russians, can be found guilty through conspiracy charges or RICO charges.

This is the part that must send camp Trump reeling. The Trump camp now sees information out there, information which the American voter can verify, conclusively demonstrating that Russia meddled in the election with the intention to elect Donald Trump. Now, any crimes Trump committed in the furtherance of this objective joins Trump and any staffer into the conspiracy in all its scope. Moreover, any statement made by any defendant charged with the same conspiracy can be used against Trump, in a possible prosecution of Trump.

The indictment also serves as a clarion call to other potential witnesses: “This is what we know, this is the breadth of our intelligence. We know far more than you think. Do not destroy evidence. We are moving now. You can still talk to us.”

It invites those with the sinking feeling: “If they know that then Mueller must know that I ….”

This witness list includes President Trump. Trump must be sitting alone in his thoughts now, wondering what else Mueller can know. Mueller just spent 20 hours interviewing Steve Bannon. When Trump sees the level of detail disclosed today, Trump will be forced to wonder about underlying information learned from Flynn, Page.

CLEARLY, Mueller wants the American citizen to have no doubts about what it means if Trump declines to speak to Mueller. Mueller wants the American public to know that he is not on a witch-hunt, that he can prove what he alleges.The level of detail is too great; they are of the type that cannot be disbelieved.

The Trump White House is in panic mode now. The White House just released a statement attempting to frame the indictments as “proving no collusion,” which is no longer fooling anyone. Indictments do not validate anyone claiming innocence, they charge people with an accusation.

A conspiracy was unleashed upon our country. That much is now almost “fact” (even the White House’s statement no longer claimed “hoax”). From here on out, questions will focus on who joined in this conspiracy and when, and what he or she knew at the time they agreed to work to assist the Russian objective.

We all know one prime candidate.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I BELIEVE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE UNITED STATES, BY OUR REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS, AND OTHERS, PROVES TREASON. WE HAVE BEEN ARE STILL BEING DECEIVED ABOUT WHAT THOSE GUILTY OF TREASON ARE STILL TRYING TO MANIPULATE US TO ACCEPT. WE HAVE THE BIGGEST TREASON ACT OF OUR HISTORY. WE NEED THE LARGEST PENALITIES TO BE LEVIED IN OUR HISTORY. I ALSO BELIEVE THE NRA IS COMPLICENT WITH THIS TREASON.

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