Mueller Is 'Ready to Indict Some Folks': Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election could soon produce indictments, a former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence said.

Frank Figliuzzi, who worked with Mueller at the FBI, told MSNBC what he thought would happen after the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, a move that followed the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions.

Speaking on Brian Williams's 11th Hour, Figliuzzi said he had "a theory" about what Mueller would do: "I think he's ready to indict some folks and...those indictments will tell the story of what he's found against the president.

"I'm not saying he's indicting the president. I'm saying there's a middle ground where he tells us the story, locks it into the court system by indicting others, then files a report with Whitaker," he said.

"Perhaps what we'll see is Bob Mueller telling us the story of a corrupt president through indictments," Figliuzzi said, adding that Mueller knew his days were numbered, and so would act soon.

"I think the Whitaker appointment steps up the timeline, and I think perhaps if Mueller sticks to the strategy of telling us the story through indictments—the indictments speak to us—that he'll speak to us soon, very soon, with additional indictments, perhaps that tell the story of a corrupt president," he said.

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It is not clear what role Whitaker will play in overseeing the inquiry, which he has criticized for going too far in investigating the Trump family finances. Democrats fear Whitaker's hostility to the probe might spur him to sabotage it, limiting its scope or choking it of funds, The New York Times reported. Whitaker has also defended the meeting that took place between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lobbyists in Trump Tower in June 2016.

"The appointment of Whitaker is a blatant attempt by the president to make Mueller go away in the form of either removing him or greatly constraining his mandate or funding," Figliuzzi said.

"So Mueller knows that, he's been there, done that, he's prepared for this."

Protesters gathered around the country on Thursday from New York to Los Angeles in support of the Mueller investigation, which they fear could end following the forced resignation of Sessions. The action was coordinated by the group MoveOn, which said on its website:

"Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation. Our hundreds of response events are being launched to demonstrate the public demand for action to correct this injustice."

This story has been updated to include additional comment from Frank Figliuzzi.