As special counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation into potential Russian interference in the 2016 United States Presidential Election, the indictments keep on coming. Only yesterday, as Vox has reported, “A federal grand jury in Virginia approved a new set of charges from special counsel Robert Mueller against former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates”. And there was more.
Squeaky You're Nicked finger up the bum time
“Mueller had indicted Manafort and Gates on a combined 12 counts last October in Washington, DC, but he has now assembled a ‘superseding indictment’ with a combined 32 counts of tax, financial, and bank fraud charges against the two men - in Virginia rather than Washington … There have been reports that Gates was close to making a plea deal with Mueller’s team, but that seems not to have panned out”.
Cut the crap Nige, just sit down and start singing
And last week, as CNN reported, “Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States, the Department of Justice announced Friday … In addition, three defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft”.
But what of the go-betweens? What of the potential UK connections? We may not have long to wait: Mueller and his team have just spent a week chatting with former Trump gang main man Steve Bannon, best-known for his work with the convocation of the irredeemably batshit otherwise known as Breitbart. Bannon was close to several of the Brits involved with the Trump gang. And now the breaking news suggests action soon.
One well-informed source has told “Breaking - apparently Mueller has 3 sealed warrants destined for the UK Any ideas as to the lucky winners?” and just to jog memories had added “Farage has been listed as a 'person of interest' by the FBI for some time. His mentor, Steve Bannon, has just spent a week talking to Mueller”. Indeed he has. Nigel “Thirsty” Farage is close to some of those already indicted - like Manafort.
Also stressed was the strong possibility that Bannon has been singing his heart out: “He's had Bannon on ice for over a week. I can't imagine he hasn't sold them out to save his own hide”. Quite. But what is the source for this information? “US, not public yet, wait a week”. It all fits with those already grilled, and in some cases, indicted.
So whose name is in the frame? One of the three has to be Farage. The other two are most likely to be Nige’s bestest pal Arron Banks, especially given his ability to magic up several millions to bankroll the Leave campaign seemingly from nowhere. And the third is probably Banks’ sidekick Andy Wigmore - Banksy and Wiggy as they call themselves.
Sorry Ray, you're not worth arresting
Anyone expecting Raheem “call me Ray” Kassam to feature will probably be disappointed, as he thinks he’s important, but he isn’t important enough. As for Julian Assange - look, just be patient, and in any case it’s not as if he’s going anywhere soon.
Conveniently, Farage is attending CPAC in Maryland right now. It would be a terrible shame if he were to be prevented from making one last Question Time appearance.