With Republican Congressman Devin Nunes memo now published, Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal is all but set to take an interesting turn.
Logically, most would probably assume the first turn would be toward the pursuit of obstruction of justice charges against Nunes. However, that may not be the case, as there’s another Republican Congressman who would most likely receive Mueller’s attention first.
Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who has long list of ties to Russia, is practically guaranteed to surface in the investigation. A few months ago, Rohrabacher allegedly met with Julian Assange in an attempt to broker a deal that would have been favorable to Russian interests. Additionally, according to his fellow Republican congressman Kevin McCarthy, Rohrabacher has also been accused of being on Vladimir Putin’s payroll.
And as if that weren’t enough, NBC News reported months ago that Robert Mueller is investigating Rohrabacher for his ties to Michael Flynn during the election:
“Mueller is reviewing emails sent from Flynn Intel Group to Rohrabacher’s congressional staff thanking them for the meeting, according to one of the sources, as part of his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Rohrabacher, a California Republican, has pushed for better relations with Russia, traveled to Moscow to meet with officials and advocated to overturn the Magnitsky Act, the 2012 bill that froze assets of Russian investigators and prosecutors. The sources could not confirm whether Rohrabacher and Flynn discussed U.S. policy towards Russia in the alleged meeting.”
Needless to say, based on this NBC report, Robert Mueller has no problem expanding his investigation to anyone who appears to be dirty in the Trump-Russia scandal. He may get to Nunes eventually, but he may not be the first Republican congressman in line.
But beyond Rohrabacher and Nunes, who’s next?
Mitch McConnell, who took millions of dollars from a Kremlin oligarch in 2016 into a PAC in a year that he wasn’t even running for anything?
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who panicked when he heard Kevin McCarthy accusing Dana Rohrabacher of being paid by Putin: “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump”, McCarthy said, in which Paul Ryan immediately swore the room to secrecy.
Or perhaps someone else? I suppose only time will tell.