The former deputy director of the Counterterrorist Center told CNN Thursday that he is looking for a key word in Friday’s expected special counsel filings. Federal prosecutors are expected to lay out the reasons why they revoked Paul Manafort’s plea deal.
In 2005, CIA analyst Phil Mudd was appointed by then-FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as the first deputy director of the bureau’s National Security Branch. Mueller currently serves as the special counsel investigating President Trump and his 2016 campaign.
“I’m looking for one word, and that’s Russia,” Mudd noted.
“As you know, he’s there in the critical stage in mid-2016 — he doesn’t want to talk about what he knew himself or people around the president in terms of things like conversations with affiliates of Julian Assange,” he explained.
“I’m looking for something that gets away from money and closer to where we started,” he continued. “What happened with Russia and why doesn’t he want to talk about it?”