Monday afternoon, CNN’s Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin joined Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room to discuss what seems to be the only news of the day, the indictments of Trump conspirators Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.
But along with the bomb that dropped the moment they were perp-walked into a courthouse, it was simultaneously revealed that another Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos, entered a guilty plea in a cooperation agreement with Robert Mueller’s special counsel team three weeks ago.
That much was known already.
But what Toobin suggests on TSR may be a total game-changer.
— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) October 30, 2017
If Papadopoulos was wearing a wire from July until October — of this year — as these documents seem to suggest, he would have inside information as recent as just a few weeks old. Remember, the information about the “secret meeting” between Donald Trump Junior, Jared Kushner, and Kremlin lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya only made the news in July. Any coaching on what to say and how to say it in the ensuing days after that disclosure that Papadopoulos was present for could literally be recorded and in Bob Mueller’s hands right now.
Don’t let it make you too giddy just yet. Trump’s lawyers are already shifting tactics, and Trump has on his side the virtue of gullible followers and sycophantic Republicans in Congress. It may take more than recordings that Trump can just deny the existence of publicly, or deny privately are recordings of him or anyone he knows, to bring down the big man himself. But a wiretap on the inside at the very least gives Mueller the inside track on who to squeeze for more information and how to squeeze them.
And information on a secret meeting could be just the tip of a very big iceberg.
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