Mueller probe has questioned Russian oligarchs

Mueller probe has questioned Russian oligarchs

But Mueller's office has not previously revealed an interest in speaking with Russian oligarchs directly. It was unclear if he had his devices scanned.

Mueller's investigators asked witnesses for information on the meeting, which took place in early 2017 in New York, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

President Donald Trump's administration is expected to sanction "several" Russian oligarchs with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin over 2016 election interference, according to two senior administration officials.

The revelation signals that Mueller is aggressively exploring a broad range of angles into whether there was any type of coordination between the Russian government and Trump's campaign.

Mueller reportedly stopped two Russians when they traveled to the USA and searched one's electronic devices.

A White House lawyer overseeing the Russian Federation matter, Ty Cobb said, "As the White House has repeatedly and emphatically said for months, there is no consideration about firing or replacing the special counsel with whom the White House has fully cooperated to permit a fully vetted yet prompt conclusion". According to multiple sources familiar with Mueller's tactics, the special counsel is focused on the potential flow of money from Russian Federation to Trump's campaign and inauguration.

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The Trump administration plans to impose sanctions on Russian tycoons as early as this week under provisions of a law calling for retaliation against Moscow for meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a USA government official said.

Instead, Mueller's investigators are looking into whether Russians might have invested in companies or think thanks that in turn donated to Trump's campaign.

Wealthy business leaders in Russian Federation often operate at the Kremlin's behest or, at the very least, with its blessing.

Trump raised $333 million for his campaign, according to a tally from the Center for Responsive Politics.

The officials said the sanctions will likely come later this week.