Capitol Report: Here’s the status of the former Trump advisers charged by Mueller

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017.

Like a complicated House of Cards episode, there have been so many twists and turns it may be difficult to keep track of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

There may even be more plot twists as more charges are expected to be recommended by Mueller later Friday.

Here is the status of the five former advisers to President Trump who have been charged by Mueller. So far, none have been found guilty of specifically of interfering in the 2016 election.

Target Status
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney
  • Made a plea deal with Mueller for lying to Congress regarding a Trump Tower deal in Moscow in August
  • Pleaded guilty to eight charges regarding tax fraud and campaign-finance law violation
Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign manager
  • Was convicted on eight counts of financial fraud
  • Was able to avoid a second trial in September by striking a plea deal with Mueller which required Manafort to “at all times give complete, truthful and accurate information and testimony.”
  • Mueller rescinded the deal in late November after alleging that Manafort had lied to the special counsel’s investigative team.
Richard Gates, former Trump campaign adviser
  • Pleaded guilty earlier this year to committing “conspiracy against the United States.”
  • Also pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Mueller team and FBI
  • Struck plea deal with Mueller in February, and as a result most charges against him were dropped
Alex van der Zwaan, Dutch attorney
  • Pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI and was sentenced to 30 days in prison and a $20,000 fine
Mike Flynn, former national-security adviser
  • Pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI last year
  • He reached a plea deal with the special counsel
  • “His early cooperation was particularly valuable because he was one of the few people with long-term and firsthand insight regarding events and issues under investigation,” stated court papers which were filed on Tuesday by the by the special counsel’s office
George Papadopoulos, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser
  • Pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI in October 2017
  • Reached plea agreement
  • Served 14 days in jail

In addition to the five former Trump advisers, Mueller has also charged 26 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for crimes related to election interference. They’re unlikely to ever face a U.S. court.

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