Special Counsel Robert Mueller has officially led the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with President Trump’s campaign for one year.
George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser for Trump’s presidential campaign, pleaded guilty in October 2017 to lying to investigators.
According to court filings, Papadopoulos was not truthful about his relationship with an “overseas professor” who had “substantial connections to Russian government officials.” That professor, according to prosecutors, told Papadopoulos he had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic campaign rival.
Separate from the Trump campaign officials, meanwhile, a grand jury in February indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election, as part of the probe.
“If there were conflicts that arose, because of Director Mueller or anybody employed by Director Mueller, we have a process within the [Justice Department] to take care of that,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein previously told Fox News.
Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added...does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2018
This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2017