Robert Mueller, who remains (despite all efforts to remove him) in charge of investigating Russian interference in the U.S. election as well as any possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, has subpoenaed financial records from President Trump’s businesses. Additionally, Mueller has subpoenaed records from some of his creditors, like Deutsche Bank, to look for links to Russian money.
Mueller’s office, however, has not previously revealed any interest in speaking directly with Russian oligarchs. But in recent months, at least two Russian oligarchs were stopped and questioned when they arrived at U.S. airports.
According to sources who spoke with CNN, one oligarch in particular, had his electronic devices searched after his private jet landed at a New York airport. The special counsel has also reportedly sent an interview request to at least one other Russian oligarch.
Per CNN’s report:
The approach to Russian oligarchs in recent weeks may reflect that Mueller’s team has already obtained records or documents that it has legal jurisdiction over and can get easily, one source said, and now it’s a “wish list” to see what other information they can obtain from Russians entering the US or through their voluntary cooperation.
In addition to investigating any transactions between anyone affiliated with Trump and any Russian oligarchs, it is reported that Mueller’s office is also pursuing, sources said, is whether Russians may have used used straw donors. In this case, that would probably mean American citizens — as a vessel through which they could funnel money into the Trump’s campaign.
Clearly Mueller’s team is getting far more aggressive with their tactics.