Special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe continues to morph as Mueller makes his way to Trump. Earlier this week, news broke that Mueller wants to interview the president. Trump is in a quandary because if he pleads the Fifth, he will appear guilty.
The latest addition to Mueller’s team, cyber security expert Ryan K. Dickey, shows that Mueller’s investigation could move toward digital crimes instead of money laundering.
So far, Mueller charged Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort with money laundering, and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn struck a deal that led to him pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.
Dickey is the first member of Mueller’s team whose individual expertise lies in cybersecurity. The remaining members specialize in white-collar crimes including money laundering.
Mueller’s move signifies that Russian tampering in the election through hacking Democratic emails could lead to the next formal charge.
In addition to the emails, Facebook turned over its information concerning Russian-bought ads with political themes leading up to the 2016 election.
Analysts believe Dickey will investigate potential conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Dickey must conclude if members of Trump’s campaign team worked with Russian hackers to influence the 2016 election.
On Wednesday, Trump continued to deny any collusion with the Russians and reinforced his idea that the Russia investigation is a “witch hunt.”
Trump said in a tweet: “Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!”
The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues. There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes. Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2018
America will have to wait and see who gets the last laugh with the recent addition of Dickey.