Mueller probe has questioned Russian oligarchs

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In recent weeks, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has questioned Russian oligarchs traveling in the United States, and in at least one case searched a man's electronic devices after he disembarked from his private jet in the New York City area, several people familiar with the matter told CNN on Wednesday.

CNN notes the new development "reveals that Mueller's team has intensified its focus into the potential flow of money from Russian Federation into the U.S. election as part of its wide-ranging investigation into whether the Trump team colluded with Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election".

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An unnamed wealthy Russian was recently stopped at a NY area airport and had his electronic devices searched by investigators, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNN. It was unclear if he had his devices scanned. Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and by showing interest in Russian oligarchs, it reveals his team is focusing on the possible flow of foreign money to President Trump's campaign and inauguration fund, CNN reports.

Mueller's team is seeking to find out if wealthy Russians illegally funnelled cash donations directly or indirectly to the Trump campaign.

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White House counsel Ty Cobb, who's coordinating the administration's response to the Mueller probe, said the development was news to him. The stop-and-frisk tactic is created to catch subjects off guard, robbing them of the chance to wipe their devices, and seems to be a favorite of Mueller's: former Trump foreign-policy adviser George Papadopoulos, and George Nader-an adviser to Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan who attended a secret Seychelles meeting between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian investor days before the inauguration-were both stopped at Dulles International Airport by the F.B.I., and both are now cooperating with the Mueller investigation.

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