Last week, Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted long time Donald Trump adviser/friend Roger Stone. Stone was then arrested by FBI agents at his home.
But some are suggesting that there’s more to the indictment than just charging Stone, claiming that some of the wording in the charges are a message to America and to Donald Trump about what’s coming:
Mimi Rocah, Former U.S. Attorney, wrote a column for The Daily Beast explaining that Mueller’s indictment of Stone went into unusual detail about a conspiracy, but only charges related to a cover-up.
“Mueller did not need to put this much detail in an indictment for obstruction of justice,” Rocah explained, and she would know having been a U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York.
“He could have made this a non-speaking indictment with bare bones charges. He could have made it a speaking indictment that focused only on Stone’s interactions with Persons 1 and 2 and minimal detail about the Trump campaign involvement. But, Mueller didn’t do that. He is clearly trying to tell us something — we just don’t know what exactly, yet.”
“Mueller pointedly states in Paragraph 2 of the indictment, right up front, that the Democratic National Committee ‘publicly’ announced that it had been hacked by Russia,” Rocah said. “Did Stone know the emails Wikileaks had and he was eagerly seeking were hacked by a foreign adversary? Of course he did — everyone did. Can Mueller prove that in court beyond a reasonable doubt? We don’t know yet.”
Rocah points out the the indictment goes on to show that senior Trump campaign officials were closely connected to Roger Stone’s actions to quarterback the release of stolen emails, and she said Robert Mueller my have decided not to reveal more details about the conspiracy for strategic reasons.
“Very often prosecutors will charge a target with a crime that is more easily provable,” Rocah said, “execute a search warrant in connection with those charges, and see if they get evidence that can help support more complex, harder-to-prove charges. That is a pretty standard tactic.”
“It may be that if Mueller can charge a criminal conspiracy which would include other people, he wants to wait and charge them all together and he is not yet ready to do that,” Roach said.
Whatever it is Mueller is hinting at in the detail, it should have Person 1 very, very concerned.