U.S. to sanction Russian oligarchs under law targeting election meddling
Apr 06 2018
A third oligarch who has not recently traveled to the USA has received an interview request as a part of Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling.
This comes as new reports indicate the White House may impose more sanctions against Russian Federation.
Mueller, tasked with investigating Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, has subpoenaed financial records from Trump's businesses and from some of their creditors, like Deutsche Bank, presumably to look for links to Russian money. The move targeting Russia's business elite could affect people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Mueller's team questioned Russian oligarchs who travelled to the United States, including stopping one oligarch and searching his electronic devices when his private jet landed in an airport in New York, CNNreported on Wednesday citing multiple sources familiar with the inquiry.
Foreign nationals are barred from contributing money to American political campaigns.
Russian Federation may be forcing the oligarchs to return to Russian Federation and return any stolen wealth as well.
This week's actions will include sanctions against Russian oligarchs, including some with ties to Putin as well as to the Russian government, according to two United States officials briefed on the deliberations. CNN's sources did not reveal the names of the oligarchs.
US-Russian ties have worsened with allegations, which Moscow denies, that Russia was responsible for a March 4 nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain. In recent months, however, it has stopped at least two Russian oligarchs whey they arrived at USA airports to question them.