For the last 10 months, the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller has methodically threaded an alarming tapestry revealing the extent and impact of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.
In a maelstrom of partisan criticism, Mueller has already delivered 19 indictments and five guilty pleas. Mueller’s February indictment, which included 13 Russians and three Kremlin-tied companies, laid out how comprehensive disinformation centers, dubbed “troll factories,” utilized social media and political advertisements to undermine Hillary Clinton and bolster the campaign of Donald Trump. Nicknamed “Project Lakhta,” the purpose was to sow discord among the American populace and “disrupt the culture of an entire country.”
The wide latitude afforded Mueller has allowed him to investigate violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by both conservative and liberal lobbying groups. Mueller’s team has ensnared former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. It has brought felony charges against prominent lobbyist and Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort.