Special Counsel Robert Mueller is closing in on the key question of did the Trump campaign have backchannel contacts with Russia.
While outwardly quiet for the last month, Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have been aggressively pursuing leads behind the scenes about whether Stone was in communication with the online group, whose disclosures of emails believed to have been hacked by Russian operatives disrupted the 2016 presidential campaign, according to people familiar with the special counsel probe.
The question of whether Trump associates were in contact with WikiLeaks is at the heart of Mueller’s inquiry. According to charges filed by the special counsel in July, Russian military intelligence officers used an online persona called Guccifer 2.0 to distribute hacked Democratic emails through WikiLeaks. The Russian operatives also used Guccifer 2.0’s Twitter account to send messages to Stone, who has said the exchanges were benign.
If Mueller can prove that the Trump campaign worked with Wikileaks and the Russians, it’s game over for Trump. The Trump campaign was not a traditional presidential campaign. It was a small time operation micromanaged by Trump and his family. Roger Stone is vital because he could be a key communications link between Trump and Russia.
Just because the Mueller investigation has faded from public conversation does not mean that the work isn’t continuing. Robert Mueller is rolling along. The Special Counsel continues to put the pieces together, and he what is offering Trump definitely won’t be a treat for Halloween.
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Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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