Special counsel Robert Mueller has issued his first indictments with a direct connection to his central mandate: a conspiracy by Russia to interfere with the 2016 election. After securing guilty pleas and cooperation agreements from former Trump aides Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos—with reportedly another coming from indicted Trump campaign official Rick Gates—Mueller has targeted 13 people affiliated with a Kremlin-connected troll farm, the Internet Research Agency. Mueller is currently seeking a direct interview with Trump, who last month referred to “collusion” with Russia as a “Democrat hoax… brought up as an excuse for losing an election.”
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.