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We have all been waiting with bated breath to see what actually comes of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as well as into the possibility that Donald Trump—in his capacity as president—attempted to obstruct that investigation.

As the list of people who have been arrested and those who have been questioned has gotten longer and more famous, the speculation that Mueller has a gigantic bombshell to drop has grown, too.


Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleaded not guilty in October to eight charges of money laundering and failing to register foreign lobbying and other businesses. He is charged in the same case as his longtime business partner Paul Manafort, who pleaded not guilty to nine counts.

Three attorneys who have been representing Gates in that case have filed a motion to withdraw as his counsel, according to CNN. The reason for their withdrawal is under seal with the court.

Last week, Gates added prominent white-collar attorney Tom Green to his team, which could have been a sign that he knew what was coming down the pipeline.


CNN reports that attorneys from Green’s firm were seen entering the building where Mueller works Thursday.


I am not a lawyer, but I would think if three defense attorneys suddenly didn’t want to defend a client any longer—especially in a high-stakes case such as this—that could be an indication that an anvil is about to drop on someone’s head.

But whose?

We already know that Michael Flynn reportedly spoke to the FBI inside the West Wing without letting anyone in the White House know. Considering the content of Michael Wolff’s book, we know that Steve Bannon is also a wealth of information, and he has also been subpoenaed by Mueller to be questioned.


So what does Mueller have, and how many people are going to go down for it?

Place your bets, conjecture and speculation in the comments.

News Editor for The Root. I said what I said. Period.

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