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Robert Mueller Will Indict a Lot of People in the Next 60 Days: ‘They Will Be Quite Familiar to the Average American,’ Says Former CIA Director

Former CIA Director John Brennan believes the indictments of many individuals “familiar to the average American” are just around the corner, following the Friday arrest of Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Donald Trump.

The FBI arrested Stone on charges including obstruction of justice and witness tampering, in connection to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Calling the Trump ally’s arrest “unsurprising,” Brennan said more indictments were likely to follow. “I expect in the next 60 days you’re going to have a fair number,” Brennan told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday.

“I think people are waiting for the report that is coming out from Robert Mueller. What I look for most are the indictments. It’s so rich in detail. To me all of these indictments will be basically the compendium of Robert Mueller’s, the special counsel’s investigation. I expect there to be a significant number, and a significant number of names that will be quite familiar to the average American.”

Brennan said Stone was one of many individuals close to the president who have “a track record of being unethical and unprincipled.”

The political consultant—who ran lobbying firm Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort—has previously admitted his indictment was possible. In August he told his supporters, “Robert Mueller is coming for me,” in an email which asked for donations toward his legal defense fund.

As for the story Mueller’s probe has begun to tell, Brennan said he expected the investigation would reveal “an extensive effort to try to influence the outcome of the election,” involving Russian and U.S. individuals. This effort “may have gone to the very top of the Trump campaign,” he said. “I think the shoes that are yet to drop are going to be the ones that are going to be the most profound and that will hit the people at the top of the organization.”

When pressed by presenters, Brennan suggested those “people at the top” may include Trump family members, and possibly even the president. Stone himself speculated back in August that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, will face indictment for “lying to the FBI.”

The Russia probe has already toppled several key players, including former lawyer Michael Cohen who was sentenced to three years in prison in December.

Trump allies, including conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, have speculated they may be targets for future indictments. The former Infowars Washington, D.C., bureau chief made the claim last year on a YouTube live stream, according to The Daily Beast. But his attorney Larry Klayman said Thursday he doesn’t think this will happen, CNN reported.

Corsi, who was previously subpoenaed, has accused Mueller of conducting illegal surveillance.

Roger Stone, Robert Mueller, John Brennan, Russia Probe, Russia Investigation Former CIA Director John Brennan (center) and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (right) arrive at a closed hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hill, on May 16, 2018. Brennan believes the indictments of many familiar individuals are just around the corner. Alex Wong/Getty Images

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