Monday, July 16, 2018

Some lines intersect in the Mueller probe - Read the indictments

Donald Trump
Trump's performance today was nothing short of treason.

On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted Russian intelligence officials for interfering in the 2016 elections (below the fold).  Considering Trump and Putin's remarks today, everyone should read the indictments. Just a few passages:
On or about August 15, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, received a request for stolen documents from a candidate for the U.S. Congress. The Conspirators responded using the Guccifer 2.0 persona and sent the candidate stolen documents related to the candidate's opponent.

That raises some questions. Who hooked up this candidate (who might now be a sitting representative) with Guccifer 2.0? Who had the contact information? How did Mueller find out about this? My hypothesis is that a cooperator is responsible for providing the candidate with the contact information (and an introduction) and has since informed Mueller. Did the individual who received the stolen documents enter into a plea agreement or does he face indictment?
On or about August 22, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, transferred approximately 2.5 gigabytes of data stolen from the DCCC to a then-registered state lobbyist and online source of political news. The stolen data included donor records and personal identifying information for more than 2,000 Democratic donors.
That is another US citizen. Same question as the congressional candidate. Did someone cooperating with the probe hook up this individual with the Russians and now provide this information to Mueller?
On or about August 22, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, sent a reporter stolen documents pertaining to the Black Lives Matter movement. The reporter responded by discussing when to release the documents and offering to write an article about their release.
Were these three contacts coordinated by the Trump campaign? The reporter in the third item was coordinating with the Russians and, perhaps, the Trump campaign. Using BLM as a wedge is Trumpism.

Note: The original PDF was not a document conversion. It was presumably sourced from a scan producing images rather than text. Quoted passages are from an OCR conversion.

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