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[March 23, 2019]
(Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel
Robert Mueller on Friday appeared to end his probe without bringing
criminal charges against several individuals he had investigated,
including advisers and family members of President Donald Trump accused
by Democratic lawmakers of not fully disclosing contacts with Russians.
Mueller handed in a confidential report on his investigation into
Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election to U.S. Attorney General
William Barr, who will decide how much of it to make public.
Mueller's two-year investigation led to criminal charges against 34
individuals in total, including six of Trump's associates and several
Russian nationals. He did not recommend any further indictments, a
senior Justice Department official said.
Trump has repeatedly called Mueller’s investigation a "witch hunt" and
denies any collusion with Russia. Russia denies interfering in the 2016
Following are some individuals who came under scrutiny during the
investigation but appear to have avoided criminal charges.
DONALD TRUMP JR.
Trump's eldest son met in June 2016 at Trump Tower in New York with a
Russian lawyer to hear what he hoped was damaging information about
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "If it's what you say
I love it," he wrote to Rob Goldstone, a British publicist who arranged
U.S. prosecutors said the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was an
agent for the Kremlin.
When the meeting became public in June 2017, Trump Jr. initially said
the meeting was about U.S. sanctions on Russia, not the presidential
Trump Jr. also communicated during the campaign with WikiLeaks, the
website that released stolen emails from the Clinton campaign.
President Trump's son-in-law played a central role in the 2016 election
and now serves as a senior White House adviser.
Kushner also attended the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting. He said he
arrived late and tried to leave early after concluding the meeting was a
"waste of time."
In December 2016, after Trump won the election, Kushner asked Russian
Ambassador Sergei Kislyak to set up a secure communications channel at
the Russian embassy. He also met that month with Sergei Gorkov, a
Russian espionage officer who heads Vneshconombank, a Russian
state-owned bank that is under U.S. sanctions. Kushner said no specific
policies were discussed, nor was there any discussion about U.S.
sanctions on Russia.
Trump's first attorney general told Congress he was unaware of any
communications between the campaign and Russia, before admitting that he
met with Kislyak at least twice during the campaign. That led Sessions,
a former Republican senator, to recuse himself from oversight of the
Russia investigation, drawing the ire of Trump.
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President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr. speaks during a
campaign event for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone
at the Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire dept. in Elizabeth Township,
Pennsylvania, U.S. March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File
Sessions also told Congress that during the campaign he resisted a
proposal by then-foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulous to meet
with Russian officials. But three people who were in the room for
the discussion told Reuters that Sessions expressed no objections to
the idea. All three have given their version of events to FBI agents
or congressional investigators.
Mueller was investigating Deripaska, a Russian metals magnate,
because of his close ties to the Kremlin and his relationship with
former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who has been sentenced
to 7-1/2 years in prison for witness tampering, tax and bank fraud,
and other crimes.
Manafort offered to share information about the campaign with
Deripaska, a major lobbying client, but there was no evidence
Deripaska ever accepted the offer.
The U.S. Treasury Department hit Deripaska's businesses with
economic sanctions in April 2018, alleging he was profiting from his
close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and from the
country's "malign activity" around the world.
Deripaska sued the U.S. government earlier this month, alleging it
unfairly accused him of involvement in Russian government
Corsi, a right-wing political commentator and conspiracy theorist,
came under scrutiny because longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone
sought to use him as an intermediary to communicate with WikiLeaks
founder Julian Assange during the election.
Corsi said in November that he had received an offer from Mueller's
office to plead guilty to one felony count of providing false
information to them in return for a lighter sentence.
He said he rejected the deal because he never intentionally lied
during his 40 hours of interviews with Mueller's team.
A foreign-policy adviser during the campaign, Page drew scrutiny
from the FBI, which said in legal filings in 2016 that it believed
he had been "collaborating and conspiring" with the Kremlin. Page
met with several Russian government officials during a trip to
Moscow in July 2016 and said he kept campaign officials up to date
about his activities there.
(Reporting by Jan Wolfe and Andy Sullivan;Editing by Leslie Adler)
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