What Mueller Has Uncovered in Trump-Russia Probe on One-Year Anniversary

President Donald Trump reiterated his disdain for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation Wednesday, labeling it “the $10,000,000 Russian Witch Hunt,” and again claimed there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia to snatch the White House in 2016.

Indeed, Mueller’s probe of Russia’s interference in one of the most contentious and controversial elections in the country’s history has not expressly unearthed agreed upon and direct collusion. But, as Mueller’s team celebrates its formation one year ago Thursday, the special counsel has made significant strides and produced results since former FBI director James Comey’s dismissal by Trump led to Mueller’s appointment.

Here’s a breakdown of just what Mueller and his team of investigators have accomplished in the last 365 days, and with no apparent end in sight. All told, Mueller’s team has handed down numerous indictments and even flipped several former Trump campaign officials as the probe enters its second year.

13 Russians and three Russian entities

Like the U.S. intelligence community’s report in January 2017, Mueller’s charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies conclude there was a vast conspiracy dating as far back as 2014 to meddle with the U.S.’s election and political processes.

The indictment, filed in February, accused the Russians of stealing American identities, staging protests and employing social media to stoke American political divides on issues like race, religion and immigration.

And they did it in support of Trump.

“..Defendants’ operations included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton,” the charges read.

Paul Manafort

Of the four former Trump campaign aides to face charges from Mueller, Manafort is the only one contesting the allegations in court. He’s accused of conducting a conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, failure to disclose himself as a foreign agent, income tax evasion and bank fraud.

Manafort was dealt a blow Tuesday when a federal judge shot down his attempt to dismiss one case against him. Manafort claimed that Mueller’s charges were outside the scope of his powers and investigation.

Former Campaign Aides Flip

The three other Trump campaign aides entangled by Mueller were Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Each admitted to lying to investigators and reached a plea agreement with Mueller.

Gates, who worked alongside Manafort for years, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy, foreign agent and tax evasion charges. And like Flynn and Papadopoulos, he has agreed to cooperate with the investigation.

Papadopoulos admitted to lying about his contact with a professor known to have ties to the Kremlin. He had indeed talked with the professor, Joseph Mifsud, after he had joined the campaign, and the professor also told Papadopoulos that the Russians had “dirt” on Clinton. Papadopoulos also admitted to making contact with a “female Russian national,” while working for the campaign in an attempt to set up a meeting between the campaign and Russian government officials.

Flynn fessed up to his contacts with former Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and how they discussed not “escalating” the situation regarding Russian sanctions put in place by President Barack Obama in response to Russia’s meddling.

GettyImages-699394226 Special counsel Robert Mueller (C) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. The committee meets with Mueller to discuss the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Getty Images/Alex Wong

Cohen Could Be Involved

Formerly the president’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen could also find himself ensnared in the Mueller probe. The special counsel reportedly issued a referral to federal prosecutors in New York. Cohen’s office, residence and hotel were raided by the FBI, and records and documents were seized.

A Ukrainian politician who interacted with Cohen about a potential peace plan for Ukraine and Russia is scheduled to face a grand jury tied to Mueller on Friday. Andrii Artemenko had given Cohen the plan and Cohen said he’d pass it along to the White House. Cohen reportedly left the plan with Flynn.

Alexander van der Zwaan

A Dutch lawyer, Van der Zwaan also made false statements to the special counsel and FBI about his interactions with Gates. He wound up being the first person to receive jail time, 30 days, in the scandal.

Van der Zwaan was not truthful about his last contact with Gates, his work on a report on a report Manafort requested be made in order to prop up former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and even deleting emails the special counsel had requested when speaking with investigators.

Richard Pinedo

Perhaps a forgotten character in a saga that’s involved so many, Pinedo pleaded guilty to identity fraud in February. He admitted to selling bank account numbers online between 2014 and December 2017, and the special counsel’s team found that some of the account numbers landed in the hands of the Russian nationals trying to interfere in the 2016 election, according to The New York Times.

However, Pinedo’s attorney said at the time that his client did not know any of the people he sold numbers to and he was not part of Russia’s plot.

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