2. The Papadopoulos guilty plea is very interesting. For months, supporters of President Trump have said there was no evidence of outreach from the Trump camp to any Russians. That's been knocked down along the way, and it was even more with the documents related to George Papadopoulos, who was part of a foreign policy board that President Trump convened in late March of 2016. The White House said he was an unpaid adviser who had no pull within the Trump Campaign, but the plea bargain statement released on Monday sure showed a lot of efforts to get dirt on Hillary Clinton via the Russian government, and to keep top officials up to date on what was going on. Some wonder whether Mueller put this out guilty plea to short circuit some of those same type arguments from the White House, or maybe even to put other people on notice. Here's the guilty plea - read it.
3. Could there be other guilty pleas ready to go? Reporters who check out the details of the federal court system were able to determine that four different cases, numbered in between the indictment of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates - and the guilty plea of Papadopoulos - remain sealed. That means they were filed within the time frame of the Mueller investigation, but remain off limits to the public for some reason. Could these cases be unrelated to the Russia probe? Absolutely. But the fact that four more sealed cases are already on file makes some people wonder might be next in Mueller's investigation. Stay tuned.
4. GOP lawmakers not worried that Trump will fire Mueller. One of the questions asked of Republicans on Capitol Hill soon after the indictments were released was a very simple one - what if President Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller? In the hallways, there wasn't the fear that was there a few months ago on that subject. Yes, there are a couple of bills in the Senate that would try to prevent that - but frankly, they are not going to be considered unless President Trump decides to get rid of Mueller. "I just cannot imagine an administration taking a step like that," said Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN). "I don't feel an urgent need to pass that law," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). "I don't think anybody in their right mind at the White House would think about replacing Mr. Mueller unless it was for a pretty good reason."
5. Social media companies now under the microscope. Starting on Tuesday afternoon, officials from Facebook, Google and Twitter will kick off a series of hearings on Capitol Hill, looking at how the social media giants dealt with questions regarding Russian efforts to use those social media platforms to cause some trouble during the 2016 campaign. Facebook will evidently report that over one-third of the U.S. population saw some sort of Russian-sponsored material come their way, which was related to the elections. Lawmakers are certain to push the companies to address the matter of telling people who paid for digital ads which might come up on some of those sites, just like the telling, "I'm Donald Trump, and I authorized this message," in regular TV and radio commercials.