Unfortunately for both the defendant and the president, the indictment is a significant milestone in the Mueller probe.
The special counsel makes the stunning allegation with details to come later. It could mean more jail time or charges for a key witness.
The president's Aug. 5 tweet that the purpose of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting "was to get information on an opponent” was tantamount to an admission of illegal behavior.
In issuing her ruling, the judge said she had struggled with the decision but couldn't "turn a blind eye" to the conduct of Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.
Electing a Democratic Congress in November may be the only way the final "Russiagate" findings are made public.
For all the hype, the Nunes memo was a legal dud that may cost the congressman from California.
Last June, Donald Trump reportedly ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. If true, the order was illegal.
The president says he's willing to be questioned by the investigator about alleged Russian election interference. However, he leaves himself some wiggle room.