For all the attention being given to the arrests of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump’s campaign adviser Rick Gates, the wording of their indictment indicates something which may be a much bigger story. The Manafort and Gates indictment in question reads like there’s also a sealed indictment against Donald Trump.
As seen by the keen eye of Kierán Suckling of the Center for Biological Diversity and then announced on Twitter, the Manafort-Gates indictment is labeled “Indictment (B)”. This one letter matters because it means there’s also an Indictment (A), which remains sealed. By the nature of these things, Indictment (A) is more important Indictment (B). As in someone higher profile than Paul Manafort. That’s a very short list. And there’s only one reason for it to still be sealed.
Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has indicted as well, but he has a different case number – so he can’t be Indictment (A). Nor can it be Michael Flynn, because he’s being prosecuted by a different federal grand jury in a different district. And again, by definition, Indictment (A) must be higher profile than Indictment (B). That means it can only be three people: Jeff Sessions, Mike Pence, or Donald Trump. We can narrow it down more, because if it were Sessions, it probably wouldn’t be sealed.
An indictment against Donald Trump or Mike Pence could still be sealed. But it’s difficult to imagine that Robert Mueller is indicting Pence for crimes related to Paul Manafort, and not indicting Trump. So it logically follows that the sealed indictment is against Donald Trump. Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe and others have explained that sitting president can indeed be indicted. We’ll just have to wait and see when the seal comes off.