US to sanction Russian oligarchs over 2016 US election

Mueller has searched the electronic devices of at least one Russian oligarch while probing illegal contributions to Trump

According to CNN, another "Russian oligarch was stopped during a recent trip to the US", and a third received an "informal voluntary document and interview request" from Mueller's team. The move targeting Russia's business elite could affect people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The sanctions could reportedly be announced as soon as Thursday.

CNN also reported today the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has been questioning wealthy Russians as they enter and exit the country, in an attempt to find information on Russian money finding its way into the 2016 us president election.

Donald Trump is set to hit Russian Federation with a new wave of economic sanctions on Thursday, with oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin expected to be affected. Under campaign finance laws, foreign nationals are not allowed to donate to US political campaigns.

While the steps were the most significant taken against Moscow since Trump took office in January 2017, his decision at the time not to target oligarchs and government officials close to Putin drew criticism from U.S. lawmakers in both parties.

Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the 2016 USA election and the United Kingdom poisoning.

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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.

The White House and Treasury declined to comment on whether they planned to impose sanctions this week.

"The administration is committed to implementing the CAATSA law as we have said many times", a senior USA official told the outlet.

None of the three Russians were identified by CNN's sources.

Another oligarch was stopped during a recent visit to the United States, but there were no details if he was searcher, the report said citing a person briefed on the event.

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