For so many months, Robert Mueller was a shadow figure. Coverage of the special counsel convened to investigate collusion with Russia was almost entirely meta — it was about the team.
We were repeatedly reminded that there was in fact a team and that Mueller was running the show, and we were updated on impressive additions to his team’s roster. But we didn’t have any real idea what Mueller’s investigation would like once it started to actuate.
We’ve since learned what that looks like. Robert Mueller and his team have reserves of patience and their strategic maneuvers are Machiavellian in execution. Fortunately for Americans, this is one of a small handful of times we can qualify such cunning as a positive trait.
As Mueller’s game plan unfurls before us, it is increasingly clear that timing was and remainseverything. The raid on Manafort’s home. while necessary to the investigation, was done in a way that must have terrified everybody who knows themselves to be in the periphery of this investigation. George Papadopoulos was surely a reality check for many people who know some things but have figured they’re probably going to slip through the cracks.
Now ABC News reports that Mueller has issued his first information request the Justice Department itself. The request has been described as “wide-ranging” and includes communications among Justice Department staffers, in addition to any of their communications with White House officials. It is being reported that the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and communications with or about Jeff Sessions are of particular interest.
We can’t be sure what Robert Mueller’s next move will be, but I’m enjoying the show. I’m hoping Act II officially ends with Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr.
Make your wagers: impeachment, removal by 25th Amendment, or resignation… before Act III is underway.