Frank Figliuzzi, the former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said he thinks special counsel Robert Mueller is “ready to indict some folks.”
Figliuzzi, who worked with Mueller at the FBI, said he believes Mueller is soon going to make public more of his findings from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Appearing on MSNBC, Figliuzzi set forth what he believes is a possible plan that Mueller is following.
“I’m not saying he’s indicting the president. I’m saying there’s a middle ground where he tells us the story, locks it into the court system by indicting others, then files a report with acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker,” he said.
Figliuzzi then said that Mueller would be able to use the new indictments as a way to illustrate and make public wrongdoing by President Donald Trump.
“Perhaps what we’ll see is Bob Mueller telling us the story of a corrupt president through indictments,” Figliuzzi said.
Figliuzzi admitted that since Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed Whitaker, the Mueller investigation is at risk more now than it was before.
“I think the Whitaker appointment steps up the timeline, and I think perhaps if Mueller sticks to the strategy of telling us the story through indictments — the indictments speak to us — that he’ll speak to us soon, very soon, with additional indictments, perhaps that tell the story of a corrupt president,” he said.
In announcing his appointment as acting Attorney General, the Justice Department said Whitaker will have oversight of Mueller’s investigation. Whitaker has previously written that he felt Mueller’s investigation is going “too far.”
“Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing,” Whitaker wrote, calling for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to “limit the scope” of the investigation.
On Friday, President Trump said he has not spoken to Whitaker about the Russia investigation.
Some commentators believe that at this late stage it is too late to stop the Mueller investigation.
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