The first indictments of the investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller are going to be announced today. The targets of the Grand Jury are so far unknown. A good bet is Paul Manafort, who in July had his home raided and was told to expect an indictment. He is the subject of multiple investigations besides Mueller’s, including an FBI investigation into a series of wire transfers, which moved more than $3 million between 2012 and 2013.
Another possible target is former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who was fired by President Trump in May. His conflicts of interest, including failing to announce that he was working as a lobbyist for Turkey, raise serious questions. These are only the beginning of the indictments that Mueller will probably get through the Grand Jury.
The White House reaction has been both deafeningly loud and silent. While there has been no official comment on the news of indictments yet, Sarah Sanders, the press secretary, tried to deflect to the conspiracy theory of the day that it was Clinton who colluded with the Russians. How Clinton’s collusion was supposed to work is not explained. Roger Stone, an advisor to President Trump, was suspended from Twitter for a rant laden with obscenities aimed at CNN and its anchors for breaking the indictment story. Trump himself has been tweeting about the same conspiracy theories blaming Clinton, and finally implored someone to “DO SOMETHING”(sic). Whether this is another “will no one rid me of this turbulent priest” call to arms, or a pathetic attempt at getting something to happen when your party controls all three branches of government, we do not know.
We will know more today, when the indictments are announced.
Update 8:30 AM: Paul Manafort and his business partner have been ordered to turn themselves in.
Update 10:15 AM: Manafort and business partner Rick Gates have been indicted on 12 counts.