Special counsel Robert Mueller is preparing charges against Russians who hacked and leaked information designed to hurt Democrats in the 2016 presidential election, NBC News reported Thursday. The charges would center around Russian hackers who leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, according to NBC. Sources told NBC that the charges could be filed in the coming weeks or months, and could involve conspiracy statute and election law violations.
This new report comes one day after NBC reported that Mueller was questioning witnesses in his probe into Russia’s election interference about Trump’s connections to the leaked Democratic emails.
His investigation is reportedly looking into whether Trump knew that WikiLeaks was planning to publish the DNC and Clinton campaign members’ emails, or if the campaign was involved in the emails’ release.
Mueller filed charges against 13 Russians and three Russian groups for interfering in the U.S. election earlier this month, alleging a conspiracy to sow political divisions in the U.S.