Worth noting that federal prosecutors chose to make public an indictment which has little prosecutorial value on its face (since Veselnitskaya is out of reach).
There’s a method to this madness and it may well be...
2) Putting into the public domain evidence that Junior, et al, were indeed meeting with the Kremlin by proxy
3) Providing corroboration of the criminal quid pro quo alluded to in Paul Manafort’s mtg notes
5) Providing a supporting indictment of the foreign actor in the Trump Tower meeting in advance of Mueller indicting Junior for lying to Congress about the mtg.
Using this indictment to lay out the Russian half of the criminal conspiracy discussed in Trump Tower.
Proving there was collusion by explaining what Russia asked for in return.
An indictment lands and after the plain reading, I think “Well, that’s not a lot.”
...but then all the implications and subtleties settle in...
...and it’s a lot.
Look past what they say and ask:
“Why is this being said? What are prosecutors accomplishing by publishing this?”
When the indictee is out of reach those questions look even larger.
She ain’t ever coming back to the U.S. now - or going anywhere we could sweep her up.
So again we must ask:
Why do that? What in those pages is worth that effort and cost?
To me, feels like a public airing of evidence that draws charges against Junior ever closer.
At first blush, I’m catching a distinct whiff of a Mueller-like evidence dump in the form of an indictment.
Evidence for a future trial served up in a filing abt a different case.
That future trial?
U.S. vs. Donald Trump, Jr.
This wasn’t a Mueller indictment but there was undoubtedly coordination be the Special Counsel’s Office and SDNY.