US Plans Sanctions on Russian Oligarchs This Week, Official Says

Marsha Scott
April 6, 2018

Rep. Andy Biggs says the Trump administration's decision to impose sanctions for Russian interference with the presidential election, national grid are a necessary first step, show American resolve. These moves, CNN reports, show "that Mueller's team has intensified its focus into the potential flow of money from Russian Federation into the U.S. election".

The Trump administration plans to impose sanctions on Russian tycoons as early as this week under provisions of a law calling for retaliation against Moscow for meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a USA government official said.

The action, which could affect people close to President Vladimir Putin, reflects Washington's desire to hold Russian Federation to account for allegedly interfering in the election - which Moscow denies - even as US President Donald Trump holds out hope for good relations with Putin.

Foreign donations to USA presidential campaigns are illegal, but Mueller is trying to find out if the oligarchs sought to evade the law.

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Mueller's team questioned Russian oligarchs who travelled to the United States, including stopping one oligarch and searching his electronic devices when his private jet landed in an airport in New York, CNN reported on Wednesday citing multiple sources familiar with the inquiry. "The time when there were oligarchs in Russian Federation passed long ago, there are no oligarchs in Russian Federation".

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

US-Russian ties have worsened with allegations, which Moscow denies, that Russia was responsible for a March 4 nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain.

The Trump administration plans to sanction a number of Russian oligarchs under a new law targeting Moscow in retaliation for alleged election meddling, Fox News has learned. We published an oligarch designation recently and the secretary of the Treasury said further action would be taken.

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