After Manafort And Gates Are Charged, Many Ask: Who’s Next?

By on October 30, 2017
President Donald Trump

Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are the first to be formally charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Although the indictments against them are serious, and include charges of conspiracy against the U.S., most pundits are already speculating that Mueller isn’t done looking at officials who have worked closely with President Donald Trump.

Mueller’s inquiry into Russian interference in our elections last year is not limited to just that narrow aspect. If he comes about any information that demonstrates further criminal activity, he’s able, through the use of a grand jury, to make additional charges unrelated to that specific probe.

So many are already questioning: who’s next? Who will Mueller go after, and who in the Trump administration, if anyone, will make it out relatively unscathed?

Reporting from the Washington Post seems to indicate that several individuals, including Trump family members, are under consideration. Former NSA adviser Michael Flynn tops the list, of course, for his relationships with foreign governments. Flynn reportedly steered U.S. policy away from a move that would have been detrimental to Turkey’s interests, after having received half a million dollars from that nation to lobby on its behalf, and without disclosing that sum of money beforehand also.

But other members of Team Trump are in Mueller’s sights as well. Mueller is even reportedly looking into the possibility that Trump committed obstruction of justice in firing James Comey earlier this year. The Post elaborates:

While Mueller’s probe has focused acutely on Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, investigators have shown interest in a broad array of other topics.

Those include meetings the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow in December, and a June 2016 meeting at Trump tower involving the president’s son, Donald Jr., and a Russian lawyer. Mueller’s team has requested extensive records from the White House, covering areas including the president’s private discussions about firing James B. Comey as FBI director and his response to news that Flynn was under investigation, according to two people briefed on the requests.

Mueller is also investigating whether Trump obstructed justice leading up to Comey’s firing. His team has been actively presenting records and bringing witnesses before the grand jury in D.C. for the last three months.

Trump’s son, his son-in-law, and himself are apparently under the purview of the Mueller investigation. Which means that the indictments Mueller handed out this morning aren’t the end of his investigation. If anything, they signal only the beginning of what could possibly become the most scandalous investigation of a president in the history of this nation.