Special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign may still produce more indictments, The Hill reported.
References to “uncharged individuals” in court filings last week — and similar language in documents over the past few months — offer clues to what may lie ahead, the news outlet reported.
“That implies they’re still working to indict somebody,” Jack Sharman, who was a special counsel to Congress for the Whitewater investigation during the 1990s, told The Hill about the language.
“It also may essentially mean that they want to keep their methods and their approach held close to the vest until they are done with this defendant.”
The special counsel has charged more than two dozen Russians and six Trump associates — including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort — in connection with the investigation. Mueller has separately indicted a dozen Russian intelligence officers for allegedly hacking the Democratic National Committee and U.S. election infrastructure.
None of the charges have alleged any conspiracy involving both the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
“My hunch is that we are going to see more indictments of Russians,” Glenn Kirschner, an ex-federal prosecutor with the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C., told The Hill.
But Sharman cautioned that having unnamed potential targets doesn’t guarantee future charges.
“I think that oftentimes in a federal criminal investigation, things just get left,” he told The Hill. “In other words, they simply don’t get acted upon because prosecutors decide there is not enough probable cause or there is a strategic reason for not moving things forward.”
A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment to The Hill.
“All outward signs … suggest that Mueller’s investigation is still active and ongoing,” Randall Eliason, a George Washington University law professor and former assistant U.S. attorney in D.C., told the news outlet. “I think there is reason to believe something else is coming.”
“I just don’t see any outward signs this investigation is close to wrapping up,” he added.
And even though a federal court in D.C. extended Mueller’s grand jury before it expired in January, there was no timeline given with the extension, The Hill noted.
“I don’t think we can draw from that alone that there’s six months’ worth of additional investigating to be done,” Kirschner told the news outlet. “It could be that he’s got 30 days’ worth.”
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