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'There Are More Indictments to Come': Former Federal Prosecutor Explains What the Pattern of Mueller's Charges Shows

He said that the investigation is following the pattern of a corruption investigation.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents involved in the 2016 election hacks and meddling represents a major development in the investigation, but it's also a sign that there's much more to come from the investigators, according to one former federal prosecutor.

Glenn Kirschner said on CNN Friday that Mueller's work has proceeded in the standard fashion of RICO cases — which stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The law is designed to fight criminal organizations.

"This is yet, sort of, another intermediate step," Kirschner said. "The president's lawyer can certainly say he's fully exonerated by this, but I can tell you as a career prosecutor, when we investigate and indict the larger cases, for instance, the Rico cases — racketeer influenced corrupt organization cases — it is entirely usual that we return indictments in batches. We either batch defendants together, we batch related offenses together, and I think that is what we're seeing here."

He continued: "I think it can be fairly observed that, you know, this is yet another nail in the witch hunt argument coffin, and there are more indictments to come."

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.