So let’s talk about these 45,000 or so sealed federal indictments that are referred to by many as a sign the Storm is Coming.
There are many procedural reasons for a sealed indictment and most are not nefarious in nature.
So as a journalist with access to PACER, which is a service that tracks all of the Federal court cases and many state courts, I took a look.
There are many sealed document filings you can throw out right away. Those that deal with bankruptcy and appellate cases, since they have no bearing on these alleged charges. You also have to remember the 45,000 is a running number. Cases that are unsealed and prosecuted do not come off that total.
The actual open federal criminal cases with sealed indictments is only about 2,500 currently and like I said that number will fluctuate as some of the cases today will not be on the list tomorrow if they are unsealed.
So with all that being said. We really don’t need 45,000 people criminally charged in the federal court system for the draining of the swamp to be effective. Hell by my math 700 sealed indictments against a core group of evil doers would go along way to cleaning up DC.