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- On March 22, Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted the final report on his nearly two-year investigation to the Department of Justice.
- Since 2017, Mueller has investigated Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and whether the Trump campaign collaborated with Moscow to tilt the race in Trump’s favor.
- So far, Mueller’s team has charged eight Americans once affiliated with Trump’s campaign or administration, 13 Russian nationals, 12 Russian intelligence officers, three Russian companies, and two other people.
- The special counsel is reportedly not recommending any more charges from the investigation.
- In a statement on Friday, Trump’s attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow said, “We’re pleased that the Office of Special Counsel has delivered its report to the Attorney General pursuant to the regulations. Attorney General Barr will determine the appropriate next steps.”
- Here’s everyone who’s been charged in the Mueller probe so far.
Trump ally and informal campaign advisor Roger Stone
Stone, who has worked as a political consultant for Trump since the 1980s, was arrested and charged with one count of obstruction of justice, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering, according to a Justice Department filing on Thursday.
Stone, who acted as an informal adviser to Trump during the campaign, sent out several tweets in the summer of 2016 that raised questions about whether he had prior knowledge about WikiLeaks’ plans to publish the hacked emails.
Friday’s indictment alleges that Stone made “multiple false statements to [the House Intelligence Committee] about his interactions regarding Organization 1, and falsely denied possessing records that contained evidence of these interactions” in 2017 testimony.
Not only is making false statements to Congress a crime, but the indictment said that Stone’s misleading testimony deliberated obstructed ongoing investigations by the FBI, House Intelligence Committee, and Senate Intelligence Committee.
He also “attempted to persuade a witness to provide false testimony to and withhold pertinent information from the investigations,” the indictment said.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer
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Trump’s former personal lawyer and “right-hand man” Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison on fraud and lying charges, weeks after Mueller released a memorandum that detailed more than 70 hours of cooperating and witness testimony.
Cohen’s is the most substantial sentence to date in Mueller’s investigation.
Prosecutors previously recommended “substantial” prison time for Trump’s former attorney Cohen, who pleaded guilty to financial crimes, campaign violations, and lying to Congress. The Southern District of New York recommended Cohen face 3 1/2 years of prison time and a $100,000 fine.
The filings concluded that Cohen “acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1,” an apparent reference to Trump that implicates him in campaign finance violation for payments to two women who said they had affairs with Trump that prosecutors said showed intention to influence the election.
In a separate filing the same day, Mueller wrote that Cohen told prosecutors about previously unknown contact with a Russian national who claimed to be a “trusted person” in the Russian Federation who offered the campaign “political synergy” and “synergy on a government level.” Cohen claimed that person repeatedly suggested a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On Nov. 29, Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress and reached a new plea deal with the special counsel.
Cohen pleaded guilty to lying about the dates during which the Trump Organization actively pursued a business deal to pursue a Trump Tower in Moscow, initially claiming the discussions ended in January 2016 when they in fact continued into the summer of the year.
Prosecutors from the special counsel’s office also charged that Cohen lied to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in testifying that he had never offered to travel to Russia and that he didn’t recall any response from the Russian government regarding the deal.
In August, Cohen pleaded guilty in the Southern District of New York to five counts of tax evasion, one count of bank fraud, one count of making an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of making an illegal campaign finance contribution — which he said were made “at the direction” of Trump.
Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight federal counts of bank and tax fraud and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and one count of conspiracy against the US.
He also entered into a deal that included an agreement to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation instead of going to trial in the District of Columbia on a separate indictment of counts of money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent.
Manafort previously faced a total of 18 counts, but the 10 remaining were dismissed during the plea hearing after a judge declared mistrial in a Virginia trial.
On Nov. 26, however, Mueller’s office said in a court filing that in the course of his cooperation, Manafort had lied to the FBI and the special counsel on “a variety of subject matters,” which could land him in even more legal jeopardy.
He surrendered to federal authorities on October 30, 2017, after he was indicted, along with his business associate Rick Gates, on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the US and money laundering.
Manafort was forced to step down as Trump’s campaign chairman in May 2016 after coming under fire for his connections to Russian oligarchs and his past lobbying efforts abroad.
Trump’s former campaign chairman is accused of committing crimes while working as an unregistered lobbyist in the US for the Ukrainian government and pro-Russia interests beginning in 2006.
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