With CNN breaking the news on Friday that charges had been filed by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigation Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, speculation was running rampant.
But the Wall Street Journal added some fuel of their own in an article published on Saturday that stated: "At least one person was charged Friday in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, according to people familiar with the matter."
The report added: "That person could be taken into custody as soon as Monday, these people said. The number and identity of the defendants, and the charges, couldn’t be determined."
Most news sources have been reporting on a single arrest to happen on Monday or Tuesday, so the WSJ claims have come as a bit of a surprise.
MSNBC's Joy Reid certainly took notice:
Hm... https://t.co/jR5xci4YtI— Joy-Ann 😷Reid (@Joy-Ann 😷Reid)1509285291.0
According to Share Blue, the most likely suspect in a single indictment is former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who had some shady dealings with the Russian government, especially in regards to a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party that paid Manafort $17 million for his work with a Ukrainian non-profit, not to mention potential money laundering and tax evasion.
Share Blue even says that Manafort "was told by Mueller himself back in July to prepare for indictment, as federal agents executed an early-morning raid on Manafort’s home."
So if you're betting on Manafort being indicted, it seems like a pretty safe choice.
But the WSJ's article leads us to wonder what other names might be inside that sealed indictment.
Two popular contenders are Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr., who both faced scrutiny over their communications and meetings with Kremlin-associated figures.
And there's also former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was ousted from the Trump administration after less than a month when reports of his undisclosed dealings with Russian officials came to light.
But as we've come to learn, any number of Trump administration members could soon find handcuffs around their wrists in the coming days, so it's hard to speculate with any level of absolute certainty.
Not everyone trusts the WSJ's reporting as of late:
@devitt_mdpt @JoyAnnReid WSJ purposely trying to get expectations too high. They are not to be trusted anymore - they are Trump’s paper.— ripstewart (@ripstewart)1509289722.0
The WSJ Mueller editorial is stupid and irresponsible. Mindboggling journalistic malpractice.— Elizabeth Spiers (@Elizabeth Spiers)1509305844.0
Twitter certainly seems excited about the prospect of multiple arrests, however:
@JoyAnnReid Has anyone ever looked more forward to Monday?— ajsgma💙❄🌊🐶 (@ajsgma💙❄🌊🐶)1509285452.0
@JoyAnnReid Olive oil or butter on your popcorn? Maybe some Parmesan?— Fran Jablway (@Fran Jablway)1509285352.0
@JoyAnnReid All of them need to go, Trump, Pence, Manafort, Flynn, Kushner, Stone. how does one go about surroundin… https://t.co/RiBnAqo7qD— CatsR2Fat ✊🐱🇺🇸 (@CatsR2Fat ✊🐱🇺🇸)1509285566.0
@JoyAnnReid #IndictmentMonday is almost here. More than 1 person indicted would be AMAZING! Are you excited… https://t.co/q5FIcRKhpB— WickedKittin 😼 (@WickedKittin 😼)1509285421.0
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