September 14, 2018 / 4:51 PM / 2 months ago

FACTBOX-People indicted, convicted, investigated in Trump-Russia probe

    Sept 14 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former
campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed to cooperate with Special
Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in
the 2016 U.S. election as part of a plea deal, prosecutors said
on Friday.
    Manafort, 69, pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington
to two criminal counts, becoming the most prominent former Trump
campaign official to strike a plea deal in Mueller's
investigation.                 
    Trump has denied any collusion with Russian officials by his
campaign and has long denounced the investigation as a political
witch hunt. Moscow denies U.S. intelligence agency allegations
that it interfered in the political process.
    (The court documents related to Mueller's investigation are
at www.justice.gov/sco)
    Mueller told Trump's attorneys in March he was continuing to
investigate the Republican president but did not consider him a
criminal target "at this point," the Washington Post reported in
early April.
    The following is a list of people who have been indicted or
convicted or are being investigated:
        
    * On Sept. 7, George Papadopoulos, a former campaign adviser
to Trump, was sentenced to 14 days in prison. He had pleaded
guilty in October to lying to FBI agents about the timing and
significance of his contacts, including a professor who told him
the Russians had "dirt" on Trump's Democratic presidential
rival, Hillary Clinton.             
    According to documents released with his guilty plea,
Papadopoulos offered to help set up a meeting with
then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.  
    
    * On Aug. 31, Samuel Patten, 47, an American who is the
business partner of a Russian national accused by the special
counsel's office of having ties to Russian intelligence, pleaded
guilty to unregistered lobbying for a pro-Kremlin political
party in Ukraine. He also agreed to cooperate with
investigators.             
        
    * On Aug. 21, Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen
pleaded guilty in federal court in New York to campaign finance
violations and other charges, saying he made payments to
influence the 2016 election at the direction of a candidate for
federal office. The deal included a possible prison sentence of
up to five years and three months.             
   
    * Also on Aug. 21, a jury in federal court in Alexandria,
Virginia, found former Trump campaign chairman Manafort guilty
on eight of 18 charges of filing false tax returns, failing to
disclose his offshore bank accounts and bank fraud. The judge
declared a mistrial on the remaining 10 counts, which were
dismissed as part of Manafort's plea deal on Sept. 14 in a
second case against him in Washington.                 
       
    * Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser to Trump
who was also a close campaign aide, pleaded guilty in December
to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russia and agreed
to cooperate with Mueller's investigation. Mueller and Flynn's
defense team last month asked for more time before Flynn is
sentenced.             
   
    * Rick Gates, a former deputy campaign chairman for Trump,
pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy against the United
States and lying to investigators, and agreed to cooperate with
the Mueller investigation.             
    
    * Alex Van der Zwaan, a lawyer who once worked closely with
Manafort and Gates, pleaded guilty in February to lying to
Mueller's investigators about contacts with an official in the
Trump election campaign. Van der Zwaan, the Dutch son-in-law of
one of Russia's richest men, was sentenced on April 3 to 30 days
in prison and fined $20,000.             
          
    * Twelve Russian intelligence officers were indicted by a
federal grand jury on July 13, accused of hacking Democratic
Party computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed U.S.
accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the presidential election
to help Trump. The Russian government has repeatedly denied
meddling in the election.             
    
    * Thirteen Russians and three Russian entities were indicted
in Mueller's investigation in February, accused of tampering in
the 2016 election to support Trump.             
    
    * Richard Pinedo, who was not involved with the Trump
campaign, pleaded guilty in a case related to the Mueller probe
in February to aiding and abetting interstate and foreign
identity fraud by creating, buying and stealing hundreds of bank
account numbers that he sold to individuals to use with large
digital payment companies. Pinedo "made a mistake" but "had
absolutely no knowledge" about who was buying the information or
their motivations, his lawyer said. Sources familiar with the
indictment said Pinedo was named as helping Russian conspirators
launder money as well as purchase Facebook ads and pay for rally
supplies.             
    
    * Konstantin Kilimnik, a Manafort aide in Ukraine and
political operative with alleged ties to Russian intelligence,
was charged on June 8 with tampering with witnesses about their
past lobbying for Ukraine’s former pro-Russian government.
            

    
 (Compiled by Frances Kerry, Cynthia Osterman, Mohammad Zargham
and Susan Heavey; editing by Grant McCool)
  
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