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Mueller Says Russia Still Meddling in U.S. Elections, Possibly Even Midterms
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13 Jun 2018 05:37 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Robert Mueller (Image source: Public domain)

 

If you don't think the Russians meddling in the 2016 U.S. election is a big deal, think again. Despite it being investigated for the past two years, they're still meddling, according to special counsel Robert Mueller. His office has alluded to future instances of meddling, and it could mean the midterms coming up in November

The FBI has been investigating the Russian interference in elections since before Donald Trump was even named the Republican nominee in 2016. Once he was elected, the investigation continued.

Eventually he fired the FBI director, James Comey. Officially he has said it was because of the way he handled the investigation into his opponent Hillary Clinton's emails, but he's also said he was trying to shut down the Russian investigation.

This caused Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to name Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate the Russian interference as well as obstruction of justice charges for Trump firing Comey to stop the investigation.

Mueller warned in a court filing this week of "future operations" of Russia. "Uncharged individuals and entities" are behind the meddling, and Mueller's office is working on stopping it.

Prosecutors filed a motion to block a Russian firm that was indicted for election interference from obtaining highly sensitive evidence and data regarding the case. They believe that if they received the information, some of the involved parties would be put at risk and that it would compromise ongoing and future investigations.

This means they're not just working on solving the election interference in 2016, they're also working on preventing election interference in the future, quite possibly the midterms in November.

"The substance of the government's evidence identifies uncharged individuals and entities that the government believes are continuing to engage in interference operations like those charged in the present indictment," wrote Mueller.

His office has requested that a federal judge impose limits on what can be shared with Concord Management and Consulting LLC. They're accused of financing a social media campaign to influence the 2016 election.

They'd also like to block other defendants, including businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, from having access until they appear in court.

The information at stake includes social media account information, email addresses, Internet provider names, banks, identities of Americans, and other "unclassified but sensitive" data that is "relevant to ongoing national security investigations and efforts to protect the integrity of future U.S. elections."

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