Robert Mueller is the independent counsel who has been investigating whether or not people were working with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. For the first time during the investigation, Mueller has formally charged 3 people so far. They are: former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign official Rick Gates and former adviser George Papadopoulos.
Gates and Manafort have so far pleaded not guilty while George Papadopoulos has agreed to plead guilty as part of a deal. He confessed to lying to the FBI when he was questioned about the Russian interference in the 2016 election. He, along with other advisors, were trying to set up a meeting with Russians who said they had thousands of emails that could damage Hillary Clinton’s reputation and discredit her as a presidential candidate. He lied about when that meeting actually happened, claiming it happened before he was working on Trump’s campaign, but he actually talked to them while he was working for Trump. He has been cooperating with the investigation since July.
President Trump criticizes the investigation as a “hoax” and says Manafort and Papadopoulos’ crimes had nothing to do with his presidential campaign. Mueller has warned those involved in the investigation to not try and delay it by hiding, destroying or lying about any evidence because doing so could get them jailed. As more information is released, we will be sure to keep you updated.