It’s true that the Manafort and Gates indictment doesn’t mention the Trump campaign and refers to alleged crimes over the past decade.
But that doesn’t mean the probe is over.
He could indict Manafort or anyone else of collusion-connected crimes any time he has evidence to do so – said Jens David Ohlin – a vice dean at Cornell Law University.
‘You can’t rule out that [Mueller] didn’t rule out Manafort colluding with Russia’ Ohlin said.
We do know he’s also looking into Donald Trump Jr.’s meetings with Kremlin-connected Russians – whether the president obstructed justice when James Comey was the FBI director and Jared Kushner’s business dealings.
‘Mueller wouldn’t have hired 16 – 17 people to investigate these events just to indict some tangential person unrelated to the campaign’ said white-collar lawyer Jeffrey Jacobovitz.
The timing of the indictments is noteworthy too.
In just five months Mueller’s team has impaneled a federal grand jury and now is charging Trump’s former campaign chairman.
Those are both significant escalations.