On October 30, 2017, the first of three indictments were announced arising out of the Special Counsel investigating the allegations that Russia had meddled with the 2016 presidential elections. Indeed, of the three people whose indictments were announced, one person has already pleaded guilty. In reality, the case of George Papadopoulos may have the most significant and negative impact to the administration of Donald Trump, perhaps even the President himself.
Papadopoulos confessed to providing false information to federal investigators. Specifically, he admitted to lying about the timing of contacts between the Donald Trump presidential campaign and Russians with connections to the Kremlin. According to his indictment, Papadopoulos appears to be cooperating with the Special Counsel, providing inside information from the Trump campaign that may have a bearing on whether or not members of Trump’s inner circle were involved in collusive activity with individuals connected with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The White House, from the President to other members of his staff, maintain that the indictments do not support a contention that the Trump presidential campaign was involved in colluding with the Russians in 2016. Indeed, the President has taken a hardline approach to the indictments specifically, as well as the towards the Special Counsel. The President has gone so far as to lob personal attacks via Twitter at Papadopoulos.
In the aftermath of this first round of indictments, legal observers are debating whether or not more indictments are likely to be forthcoming. Overall, a majority of legal observers concluded that the trio of initial indictments represents the beginning of what will be a progress of future indictments.
The Special Counsel’s office has been mum about what is ahead in the future as far as additional indictments may be concerned. As of the day after the announcement of the initial indictments, there appear to be four sealed matters on the court’s docket, set between the indictments that have been unsealed. This has led people to speculate that at least four more indictments are in the offing.