Monday’s breakout story of Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s indictment is only the beginning of a “large-scale ongoing investigation,” according to special counsel Robert Mueller’s office.
The indictment also came with news of revelations that another Trump aide, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to federal investigators.
“The criminal justice interest being vindicated here is there’s a large-scale ongoing investigation of which this case is a small part,” Mueller aide Aaron Zelinsky said in the early October hearing.
As the report continues, Mueller’s team kept Papadopoulos’ agreement quiet on purpose.
“Although the government is moving expeditiously to interview individuals of immediate interest to the investigation, news that the defendant [Papadopoulos] has been charged with and pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents may make those individuals reluctant to speak with investigators,” an October 3 statement from the special counsel’s office read. “Revealing the defendant’s plea would likely chill individuals to be interviewed in the coming weeks.”