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Mueller Can Bring Collusion Charges Any Time, Ex-Bush Lawyer Says

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Mueller Can Bring Collusion Charges Any Time, Ex-Bush Lawyer Says

During a CNN interview on Tuesday, former attorney for the George W. Bush administration Jamil Jaffer said that special counsel Robert Mueller’s recent indictments are a sign that he could charge people with collusion in Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election any time.

Jaffer, a current professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, was asked about the most recent set of Mueller indictments.

“What you see there is an attempt by Mueller to show Americans and other foreigners that, ‘I’ve got charges I can bring if I think there is a conspiracy to defraud the United States, to prevent the FEC from doing its job in preventing foreign influence in our elections,’” he explained.

The former Bush White House associate counsel went on to say that Mueller’s new indictments will turn up the heat on other people being investigated to cooperate and come clean on what they know.

“That’s a big deal because at the end of the day, everyone thought there are no real collusion charges to be brought,” he said. “And this is the example of him saying, ‘I can bring collusion charges.’ And what that does is it pressurizes everybody to start cooperating. You didn’t think he had charges to bring, now he does, they might force you to cooperate and work his way up the chain. A very smart move by the special prosecutor here.”

Watch the interview below.

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