The investigation into the hush cash scheme is one place the place Trump will not be solely susceptible, however the place he—within the type of “Particular person 1”—has already appeared as an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to commit marketing campaign finance violations. Cohen has been convicted on these prices. Whereas Trump has tried to reduce the significance of marketing campaign finance legislation, whereas claiming he by no means violated it within the first place, Home Democrats have made it clear this doesn’t signify the restrict of Trump’s publicity. In questioning Cohen, Democrats had been cautious to stipulate the truth that merely paying off hush cash and disguising it as authorized charges represented monetary fraud, and so they nailed down Trump’s involvement within the conspiracy to commit that fraud.
The redacted pages within the just lately revealed paperwork make it clear that the investigation into these funds, as they relate to each the Trump marketing campaign and the Trump Group, remains to be alive and kicking. Virtually the whole thing of over 18 pages of courtroom paperwork stays below the marker, however they do have a useful title that may nonetheless be learn: “The Unlawful Marketing campaign Contribution Scheme.”
These paperwork had been revealed by the SDNY, however that doesn’t essentially imply that they’re those doing the investigation. In earlier cases, each the particular counsel’s workplace and prosecutors working in different workplaces have been cautious to guard one another’s potential indictments. However irrespective of who’s working the case, the case remains to be within the works, and nonetheless a menace to Trump, Trump’s household, and Trump’s enterprise.
However marketing campaign finance isn’t the one lurking menace revealed by the brand new spate of paperwork. There may be additionally extra proof that signifies that the particular counsel was involved about funds made to Cohen’s money-laundering LLC that originated with sanctioned Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. It appears possible that the particular counsel’s workplace may nonetheless be monitoring down Russia connections, whereas the SDNY continues to look into the marketing campaign finance and monetary fraud case.
Collectively these paperwork are extra proof that the investigation will not be over. And, worse for Trump, even when it’s over, within the type of a report from Mueller, it gained’t be over, that means no extra investigation hanging over his head. That’s not sufficient to elucidate Trump’s tweets. As a result of there could be no rational rationalization for Trump’s tweets. However it’s a superb purpose for Trump to really feel, greater than ever, that there’s a storm forward.
Michal Flynn has not been sentenced, and has requested for an extension of time earlier than his sentencing listening to. Rick Gates has not been sentenced, and has requested for an extension of time earlier than his sentencing listening to. The Roger Stone case is simply getting began. The grand jury remains to be seated till June. The Cohen paperwork present an investigation that’s nonetheless lively on a number of fronts. And Deputy Legal professional Common Rod Rosenstein just lately introduced that he’s staying on on the DOJ.
None of these indicators appear to be pointing to Robert Mueller exiting the stage any time quickly.