I figured this one out soon after Roger Stone was arrested. Stone’s value to the Mueller investigation was what was on his cellphones, computers, tablets, etc. That’s why 29 FBI agents stormed his house. They didn’t want him, they wanted his electronic gear. They didn’t want a single thumb drive or hard disk to get destroyed. Roger Stone says he would have turned himself if asked, but not before scrubbing clean his residences.
Being 100% clean is tough for Roger Stone, given his long history of deceit and trickery. Mueller will likely have a treasure trove of bits and pieces. Big question is how does this all fit into the investigation.
When cellphones first came out, criminals had the upper hand. No one could tap a cellphone like a landline phone. But things really have changed, as the hard drive within a cellphone is loaded with potential incriminating information. It will take time for FBI digital forensic experts to know exactly what the search warrant of electronic gear will yield. Julian Sanchez nailed it on this one. Stone can’t flip on Trump because he’s got zero credibility.
Mueller is going after the Russian hack, Wikileaks and Republican campaign officials connections. I don’t know if Mueller will be able to connect all the dots, but I suspect both Trump and Steve Bannon are feeling the heat turned up. I don’t believe anyone directly involved in Trump’s 2016 campaign has been charged with conspiracy with Russian agents, Well not yet.
Julian Sanchez Opinion as published in the New York Times, Jan 26, 2019.