Robert Mueller could kick his probe into high gear after the midterms. The special counsel, investigating alleged Russian conspiracies to alter the 2016 election, has stayed quiet in the run-up to today’s elections. But he’s also been working behind the scenes, grilling a slate of confidantes of President Trump—some of whom, like Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, are helping the investigation. While Mueller has honored an unwritten code that investigators like him shouldn’t make any major moves within 60 days of an election, all the signals are that if he has new indictments to hand down, he will do it within days or weeks.
A senior Treasury employee has been caught red-handed. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior adviser in the U.S. Treasury’s financial crimes division, was caught with a flash drive that appeared to contain so-called suspicious activity reports that Mayflower Sours Edwards is suspected of having disclosed unlawfully. Prosecutors say she leaked “numerous” reports detailing financial transactions by Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and alleged Russian agent Maria Butina. Those aren’t public records and are regarded as highly sensitive documents.
—QUOTABLE: “Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior level FinCEN employee, betrayed her position of trust by repeatedly disclosing highly sensitive information contained in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to an individual not authorized to receive them.” -U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman