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Mueller Just Ruined Trump’s Sham Presidency With New Indictments And Guilty Plea In Russia Probe

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Mueller Just Ruined Trump’s Sham Presidency With New Indictments And Guilty Plea In Russia Probe

In the latest development in the Trump-Russia scandal, special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday filed his first criminal charges against Russian nationals and businesses for what he called a wide-ranging effort to undermine the 2016 presidential election, including by “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump.”

The indictment charges 13 Russian nationals and three businesses – including an internet firm tied to the Kremlin – with conspiracy, identity theft, and failing to register as foreign agents, the USA Today reports. Prosecutors said officials at that firm, the Internet Research Agency, described their work as “information warfare against the United States” and their goal as “electing Donald Trump by spreading distrust toward candidates and the political system.”

In the indictment, Mueller charged that some of the Russians, posing as Americans, “communicated with unwitting individuals” associated with Trump’s 2016 campaign “to seek to coordinate political activities.”

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The charges are the government’s most detailed accounting to date of an effort by Russian operatives, some with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin or his government, to sow distrust in the U.S. political system and to influence the outcome of the presidential election.

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Mueller also announced an indictment and guilty plea of Richard Pinedo, a Trump close associate, for identity fraud. Pinedo agreed to plead guilty to the charge and cooperate with investigators.

A separate filing, stipulating facts, also identifies an online service run by Pinedo called “Auction Essistance.” The service was designed to “circumvent the security features of large online digital payment companies.”

The documents state that “hundreds of bank account numbers” where involved and Pinedo personally collected tens of thousands of dollars.

The charges are the latest salvo in Mueller’s investigation of Russian election interference. Last year, his office brought charges against four people tied to Trump’s campaign, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his ex-national security adviser Mike Flynn. Two, Flynn and George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents and agreed to cooperate with the investigation.

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