Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation is reportedly asking a “new line” of questions that could lead to more indictments against Donald Trump’s associates. That’s the message that was delivered Monday morning by former FBI agent and CNN analyst Asha Rangappa.
Rangappa focuses on the guilty plea entered last week by Sam Patten, a lobbyist, and associate of Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Patten has pled guilty to running an illegal foreign lobbying campaign and funneling a Ukrainian oligarch’s money to Trump’s inauguration committee.
Following Patten’s guilty plea the charges were referred to the U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia by Robert Mueller.
So what does that mean for Trump?
“When we talk about active measures by Russia in the campaign, we’re talking about a number of different fronts on which Russia was operating,” the ex-FBI agent explained. “One is disinformation campaign and we know that Mueller has already indicted several individuals and the Internet Research Agency [for] its Facebook and social media activities.”
“Then we have the hacking and intrusion into emails and voting machines. We already have an indictment on that against 12 GRU Russian intelligence officers.”
“I think there’s going to be another series of indictments concerning illegal campaign contributions, and this Patten plea being the first of them but where Russia may have been using straw donors, illegal donors, to funnel money into places that they would otherwise not be able to directly.”
Here’s the full interview: