Robert Mueller Investigation

Robert Mueller, III
Robert Mueller, III

After Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel, leading the continued investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with the Russian government in its interference in the 2016 US election. In addition, the Mueller investigation investigated whether Trump’s firing of Comey, or other actions, constituted obstruction of justice; as well as financial investigations into money laundering of Russian or other foreign money into the Trump campaign and/or Republican party. Source

On July 26, 2017, federal agents served an early morning no-knock search warrant at Paul Manafort’s residence, picking his lock to gain entry. After seizing evidence and photographing evidence of Manafort’s wealth, they told Manafort they planned to indict him. Source Manafort was, in fact, indicted on October 31, 2017. It was revealed that the FBI raid of his home found evidence that Manafort had withheld from Mueller. Source

On July 27, 2017, FBI agents secretly arrested George Papadopoulos at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.. Source

In the Summer of 2017, the Mueller investigation impaneled a grand jury to investigate Michael Flynn. Later, on August 3, 2017, the first public reports emerged that Mueller had impaneled a second grand jury in Washington, D.C. to investigate Trump–Russia collusion. Source

On October 5, 2017, George Papadopoulos secretly accepted a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to making false statements in his interviews by the FBI. Source

On October 30, 2017, Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were indicted on a variety of charges relating to their activities in Ukraine prior to joining the Trump campaign, including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, acting as an unregistered foreign agent, and making false statements. Source (text of indictment) Manafort and Gates both plead not guilty. Source

Also on October 30, 2017, George Papadopoulos’s guilty plea was publicly revealed, to the apparent surprise of members of the Trump administration. It was further revealed that Papadopoulos had been cooperating with the Mueller investigation since his arrest. His plea agreement was sealed so that he could act as a “proactive cooperator,” which may indicate he wore a wire during his time at the White House between his arrest and October 30. Source