Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has begun questioning key wealthy Russians, or oligarchs, as part of the Russian interference and Trump campaign probe in the United States, CNN reported exclusively on Wednesday. 

Investigators have been asking whether wealthy Russians illegally funneled cash donations directly or indirectly into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and inauguration, an action considered illegal under U.S. law.

One oligarch was stopped and had his electronic devices searched upon arrival at a New York area airport and a second was also intercepted, but it is unclear whether we was searched, according to the report.

An “informal voluntary document and interview request” was made to a third wealthy Russian who has not been in the U.S. recently.

It is the first time its been reported that Mueller is interested in Russian oligarchs, a class of Russian society that has many indirect and direct ties to President Vladimir Putin.

This is revealing as a new approach by the probe to focus on potential money floes from Russia as part of the larger investigation into allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia’s interference in the presidential election.

It is illegal under U.S. law for foreign nationals to give donations to political campaigns, and investigators are examining violations that could have occurred through direct or indirect means.

This approach may show that the special counsel has obtained fies that it has legal jurisdiction over in the U.S. and can access with ease and has moved on to a “wish list” to find more information straight from Russians, CNN reported.

More details to follow. Image of Robert Mueller from Vanity Fair. 

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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