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Mueller Investigation Into 2016 Election Marches On

Mueller Investigation Into 2016 Election Marches On

Mueller Investigation Into 2016 Election Marches On

Robert Muller’s investigation into Russian hackers during the 2016 critical election marches onward. On Monday, two former Trump campaign advisors were indicted and another pleaded guilty in involvement with Russia during Trump’s campaign election.

Legal proceedings will continue as former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates both entered not guilty pleas on Monday. We also know that DePaul alumni George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in involvement with Russian officials during the campaign. With all of this going on it’s hard to make sense of what’s really going on, but Muller is determined to find out.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents about his affiliation with Russian officials and his attempts to arrange meetings with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. While the other two advisors, Manafort and Gates, seem to be keeping mum on the situation, Papadopoulos could be the key to opening this thing wide open. Where the case goes from here is anyone’s call.

Muller is keeping quiet on the direction to go with the case and has yet to make any other announcements of other potential indictments of other advisors or Trump himself. But this is strategy. Perhaps if the indictments remain low-key they can keep mystery and a tinge of fear throughout the trials. While Trump probably hopes that this is the end of his worries, it’s only the beginning of these trials. Who will be indicted or who may be called as witnesses isn’t 100 percent clear and Trump and anyone potentially involved should be scared.

For those who think Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election isn’t a “big deal,” I’d beg to differ. Russian government officials promoted false statements and a pro-Trump narrative during a critical time in the 2016 election that ultimately led to the election of Donald Trump. Of course, it wasn’t solely based on these propaganda messages or political ads, but it had a heavy influence on American voters and here we are today. Facebook estimates over 126 million people were exposed to Russian hacker information during the election. 126 million people! That is to say that if any of Trump’s advisors or Trump himself had any knowledge or involvement in the hacks, that would be very bad. Papadopoulos has already come forward with a guilty plea so he can negotiate a lesser sentencing. Will anyone else do the same?

It’s unlikely that the current two advisors Manafort and Gates will back down now, because going back after a not-guilty plea would not be in their best interests. Will Papadopoulos be the key to unlocking this mystery? Will it lead Mueller to more corruption in Trump’s campaign? Only time can tell that. So what’s next in this trial? It’s finding and proving that advisors knew beyond a reasonable doubt the relevant criminal mental state of matter. This is the hard part, because proving this beyond a reasonable doubt often proves difficult in white-collar cases like this.