Dispatch November 28, 2018

It’s Official: Mueller Has Identified Collusion

A draft plea agreement that Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent to conspiracy theorist and Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi confirms that, in investigating the hack and release of stolen emails, Mueller has identified collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. And Mueller identified that the man at the center of it was in regular contact with Trump himself.

Mueller has identified the Trump campaign’s pipeline to WikiLeaks.

  • Mueller has evidence that Stone was in “regular contact” with Trump and “senior members of the Trump campaign,” which suggests Stone was passing information to Trump and his inner circle.
  • Stone tasked Corsi to contact WikiLeaks about the stolen emails they received from Russia that could damage the Clinton campaign. Corsi and Stone were the conduits between WikiLeaks and the Trump team.
  • Through his intermediary Ted Malloch, Corsi contacted WikiLeaks about the stolen emails and then passed Stone advance information about the emails, information Stone could then pass to the Trump campaign.
  • The emails between Corsi and Stone show they knew WikiLeaks “possessed information that would be damaging to then-candidate Hillary Clinton and that Organization 1 [WikiLeaks] planned to release damaging information in October 2016.”

Mueller has identified that WikiLeaks got the hacked emails from Russia.

  • In an indictment from July, Mueller outlined in exhaustive detail how 12 GRU agents hacked the email inboxes of the DNC and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, naming the specific individuals involved and pinpointing how when they carried out the cyberattacks.
  • That indictment also describes how the GRU agents “used the Guccifer 2.0 persona to release additional stolen documents through a website maintained by an organization”—since identified as WikiLeaks—“that has previously posted documents stolen from U.S. persons, entities, and the U.S. government.”

Mueller has identified that the Trump campaign knew Russia was the source of the stolen emails.

  • Mueller’s first indictment, of Trump’s foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, showed that the campaign learned months before anybody else that Russia had obtained “dirt” on Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”

Mueller’s indictments and guilty pleas alone demonstrate that there was collusion between the Trump team, WikiLeaks, and the Kremlin. As we wrote earlier this year, the hack and release of emails is a textbook study in collusion:

  • Russia stole the emails and alerted the Trump campaign that they had done so.
  • Russia gave those emails to WikiLeaks.
  • Corsi got information on how WikiLeaks planned to use the emails and passed it to Stone, who he knew was in regular contact with the Trump campaign.

In other words: Mueller has identified the conspiracy that facilitated collusion.