If the White House thought this week started badly with indictments and a renewed focus on actions of members of the Trump team during the 2016 campaign, a former U.S. Attorney said on MSNBC Saturday that things are going to get much worse as a result of the plea agreement made by foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.
Barbara McQuade, who served as a U.S. attorney in Michigan, was asked by host Alex Witt:
“[Papadopoulos] is now cooperating with Mueller’s probe. It’s part of his plea deal. Is it likely at this point that Mueller has gathered a lot more information from Papadopoulos than we are aware of at this point?”
And McQuade made it clear that the guilty plea and promise of cooperation by Papadopoulos is a very real problem and serious threat to the president and members of his administration:
“I think that’s highly likely. I know that President Trump and others want to minimize his role in the campaign, and no doubt he is a small fish — that’s how the strategy typically works. But what we can safely conclude is that Mueller’s team gave him a plea deal, and they would only do that because they believed they were receiving something of value that could be information about others.
“If you look at that statement of the offense that was filed in connection with the plea agreement, he identifies four other officials with whom he communicated about this, but not by name but by title. He, I’m sure, told the team who those people were, and those people are now either subjects of interview or subjects of the investigation.”
While McQuade didn’t speculate on who those four individuals might be, she added:
“In addition, I think it’s quite possible — and Robert Mueller said this in his motion to seal the documents — they wanted to explore proactive cooperation. That typically means that the person will wear a wire in conversations with other people in hopes of collecting information or recording phone calls. So it may be that any of those things have panned out and Robert Mueller has already gained that information.”
Imagine if there are tapes of Trump talking to George Papadopoulos and promising to take care of him if he’s indicted or charged. If there are, it’s game, set, and match for the Mueller team.
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