US To Sanction Russian Oligarchs Over 2016 Election Meddling

Exclusive: Mueller's team questioning Russian oligarchs

The US could also impose sanctions based on powers granted by Congress to target anyone conducting significant business with Russian intelligence and defense sectors.

Reports on Wednesday said Mueller's team interviewed two Russian oligarchs visiting the U.S.

A senior administration official told Fox News the sanctions would be announced by the end of this week.

Trump's former campaign manager had pleaded not guilty across the board, and started a separate civil lawsuit in January arguing that Mueller didn't have the authority to bring those criminal charges because they're not directly tied to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Russian Federation may be forcing the oligarchs to return to Russian Federation and return any stolen wealth as well.

A judge on Wednesday voiced serious doubts about former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's lawsuit against special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

The measures will be taken in the framework of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which was drafted by Republicans and Democrats in connection with the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, the Russian participation in the Syrian War and the intervention in the United States presidential elections.

A second Russian oligarch was stopped during a recent trip to the United States, although it is not clear if he was searched, according to a person briefed on the matter.

The relations between Moscow and Washington have further deteriorated after Russian Federation was accused of the chemical attack against former double agent Sergei Skripal in the UK. In recent months, however, it has stopped at least two Russian oligarchs whey they arrived at U.S. airports to question them.

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