The Mueller indictments so far: Lies, trolls and hacks – POLITICO

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Since former FBI chief Robert Mueller was appointed to probe potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russians during the 2016 campaign, the special counsel has held Americans spellbound. His investigation has exposed illegal schemes across international borders and produced more than 100 criminal charges. Inside the White House, the probe has, at times, consumed President Donald Trump and his inner circle. Here are all the people Mueller has charged so far.

Mueller interviews Trump world.

During this period, Mueller’s team interviewed several key figures in Trump’s orbit, including then-White House communications director Hope Hicks, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and George Nader, a businessman with connections to the United Arab Emirates.

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Trump changes lawyers, negotiates Q&A.

After the flurry of activity in February, Mueller’s team takes a four-month break from major public action. During this time period, Mueller’s team is negotiating with Trump’s over a possible in-person interview between the special counsel’s office and the president. Trump also turned over his legal team during this span. Lead attorney John Dowd resigned over disagreements regarding strategy, and Rudy Giuliani took his place, installing a more pugilistic approach toward the special counsel.

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Mueller goes dark before the election.

Mueller’s team kept its work mostly behind the scenes in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections.