Analysis: The charges Mueller could have brought but didn't

Analysis: The charges Mueller could have brought but didn't
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Why would special counsel Robert Mueller allege illegal Russian activity in the election throughout the indictment, but not actually charge it?

Legal analyst Danny Cevallos explains.

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  1. Strategic moves. Timing. But it's coming... Trump shouldnt be holding any victory parties just yet. Mueller is meticulous and his next moves could bring down Trump like a House of Cards! The suspense is killing me!

  2. He's trying to make something out of a nothing burger to justify the time and expense for his witch hunt. There was no collusion.

  3. He’s one of the best prosecutors in the world, I think he knows what he’s doing. Let’s all just let him do his job because clearly he knows what he is doing and how to do it.

  4. It took years to get Al Capone on tax evasion and he ended up in Alcatraz. Mueller is being thorough. He has experience bringing organized crime to justice. He will get there.

  5. "Mueller's team doesn't feel the need to include specific counts alleging violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) to obtain an indictment against these Russians....The indictment accuses Russian individuals and entities — notably not the Russian government, however — of attempting to unlawfully influence the election and related crimes. If there is a core crime of interference, perhaps the next step is to draw a nexus between that activity and the Trump campaign. " - Short version, this is far from over and Trump should cease his victory lap immediately.

  6. Russia wanted to disrupt American democracy. Well thanks to the leftists and DEMS who were more interested in generating a coup against a duly elected President, the Russians achieved their goal. For one year, CNN and MSNBC with their hysteria have succeeded in doing the Russian's and DEMs bidding. Shameful.

  7. Trump derangement syndrome is real just can't seem to let go there was no collusion.... it's like these news Network are addicted to Russian collusion

  8. Now that they have the underlying crime defined and three cooperating Witnesses just wait to see how many of Trumps administration's get conspiracy indictments.

  9. If it is against the law for Russians to plant false info to affect our elections, why is Christopher Steele walking around free?

  10. How does a man like Mueller change something? We have 517 members of our government who voted to put more sanctions on Russia.. and 5 who voted against putting more sanctions.. and guess what .. they are not putting those sanctions into action because of one man.... you guess who that is ... 87 percent of Americans say stop using people as ransom to build a great wall.. and just let the dreamers finish what they started... and the government says no... do you understand the implications of that .. the majority of Americans who live in America are not being represented by the people WE pay to work for us.

  11. MORE INDICTMENTS TO COME. You can tell that from the wording and from what Rosenstien said when making the announcement about these indictments. "Others known and unknown".

  12. He knows what he is doing. This take different phases which can not be brought all at once specially when he is going up the latter interviewing witnesses for his investigation and at the same time using them to gather more evidence to have a strong case, you have to remember that to bring down a big fish like they had done before it take arduous accumulation of evidence enough to prosecute, indicted or impeached.

  13. I think the timing of this indictment, which is right after Bannon gave his interviews and Gates made a plea deal, shows us something big is coming down the pipeline. Mueller is sending a message out loud and clear to someone. We just don’t know who the hell that person is right now. But we do know it’s a message being sent out by the SC right now. He is telling them to come clean now. Stayed tuned for the next episode of...House of Broken Cards

  14. It is good news that we find Trump had help to cheat to win and the Republicans are not standing up higher against it Do they not work for the people but then again they only give to them selves Trump ONLY LOVES Trump and Russia is getting there money worth

  15. Because those charges, and a c rapton of others, will come in another set of indictments. Mueller's just planting seeds at the moment, and no need to rush. It'll all get done, thoroughly.

  16. Because he knows its bullsgot and the fake evidence they created for this fiasco would never hold up in court under such scrutiny under professionals eyes that arent biased...he knows its bullshit

  17. What about having info about the school shooter in Florida one month before it happened!?? Just like 9/11, Boston bombers and others its almost like they want it to happen 🤔

  18. Stop trying to second guess what he is doing, you don’t have any concept of his knowledge about this investigation, he doesn’t need backseat drivers like you!

  19. Easy. It is because this is what we do only at a much bigger scale to many more countries to achieve real results.

  20. Because they didn't hack voting machines and change votes......collusion is legal and every politician has used since the beginning of elections.

  21. Sounds eerily familiar -- Comey reads a list of egregious activities and doesn't charge HRH Hillary. Just following in Cardinal Comey's footsteps?

  22. So instead of the liberal media admitting that Trump never colluded with the Russians to get elected they continue to insinuate that he wouldn't have won if the Russians didn't do what the they and the US have been doing for decades? Guess it's easier to make money by producing fake polls and lying than it is to deliver actual facts and actual news.

  23. The only collusion that happened was on the Demo's side~giving questions to Hillary before a debate and knocking out Sanders while running against that woman!

  24. Um, did you inane Trumpers bother to read this piece???

    However, other readings of the indictment suggest it's too early for Trump to declare victory. The indictment accuses Russian individuals and entities — notably not the Russian government, however — of attempting to unlawfully influence the election and related crimes. If there is a core crime of interference, perhaps the next step is to draw a nexus between that activity and the Trump campaign. Or the benefit to prosecutors here could be that the broad description of allegations will help investigators get broader discovery, even if it's not likely that the defendants will ever stand trial in the U.S. Ultimately, the indictment does not clear Trump or his team by omission, and there is every indication that more indictments could be forthcoming.

  25. I think it's pretty clear that the purpose of these indictments were to lay out basic theories about how Russian interference was criminal.

    In order to successfully charge conspiracy or attempt, you have to demonstrate an underlying crime.

    Mueller just did that.

    Now he can look at conspiracy and attempt charges against the Trump campaign...and that Trump Tower meeting makes those charges a slam dunk.

  26. 13 Facebook trolls that will never see the inside of a courtroom...this is such a stupid story. The media has zero credibility.

  27. Its a foundation he's building as well as a message to trump

  28. Such as charges about a very corrupt news media giving the debate questions to Hillary BEFORE the debate. Now THAT's collusion!

  29. This must just be the tip of ice berg.

  30. He has has said himself that there is no evidence that Donald Trump knew about the Russians interfering. Now everybody is going to be against Mueller when the official word comes out. The left has to hold onto this one tiny little shred of hope to get Donald out of office, but it won't happen.

  31. Using it as a baseline for further indictments

  32. Btw ignore the bots and trolls most likely the arguments are not coming from americans

  33. Mueller is handling out ass kickings and lollipops. Oops, He just ran out of lollipops!

  34. Still whining and crying over Hillary's loss in the election is a mental disorder.

  35. Because he’s just getting started.

  36. He is saving the best for last.

  37. David....wasn’t it hoax up until yesterday morning?

  38. I think every time They find something it points to Hillary so they look 👀 for another excuse

  39. Let Mueller do his job...he's brought down other mafia families, he'll do it again.

  40. He's building a case, and he knows it has to be airtight, he knows what happened.

  41. Russian bots were connected to Hillary campaign......

  42. Because they do not want any hint of a trial

  43. You better believe there is more to come. This is strategy

  44. trump should be planning his exit stage left, to a country with no extradition treaty.

  45. Ha! Mueller is playing a game of cat and mouse.... would be my guess... just saying :)

  46. Mueller and company are a very expensive joke that We The People are paying for!!!

  47. Mueller delivered samples to Russia, when is the truth coming out?

  48. Its a very smart political move. It will get attention he needs for a conviction

  49. The collusion is not about the election

  50. Same reason they didn't charge Clinton?

  51. This was going on way before Donald J. Trump

  52. Well thought out and comprehensive. Thank you

  53. MSM is the best comedy going..LOL!!

  54. No Russian collusion on Trump.. hearts are breaking all across the libtard land 😂😂😂

  55. Because he is crooked - just like James Comey did with Hillary Clinton!

  56. Mueller can't just charge citizens of a foreign country. I believe this is all a ploy from Mueller to get Trump to let down his guard.

  57. US desire and appetite for Cold war against Russia is very clear for all to see.

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  59. Russian trolls still very active

  60. What a SHAME of administration

  61. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂 Nothing burger with liberal cries !!!