Mueller investigating Ukrainian presence at Trump inaugural: report

Source: The Hill | January 10, 2019 | Brett Samuels

Special counsel Robert Mueller has looked into the presence of several Ukrainian officials at President Trump’s inauguration, The New York Times reported Thursday.

The news outlet reported that federal prosecutors have interviewed witnesses about how the Ukrainians gained access to inaugural events and what they discussed during meetings while in the U.S.

At least a dozen Ukrainians attended the inauguration, including several who were at the official Liberty Ball, The Times reported. The officials also stopped by the Trump International Hotel and brushed with congressional Republicans and Trump allies, the news outlet said.

Investigators are reportedly looking into evidence that at least some of the Ukrainians held agendas that aligned with Russian interests, including some who sought to ease sanctions on Moscow and pitch a peace plan between Russia and the Ukraine.

The Times reported that investigators have also inquired about whether Ukrainians and other foreigners disguised donations to the Trump inaugural committee. It is illegal for foreigners to donate to such committees.

Though there is no law against foreigners attending inauguration festivities, reports that Mueller is looking into the Ukrainians’ attendance comes days after former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s attorneys inadvertently revealed that Manafort may have discussed a “Ukrainian peace plan” with a Russian national more than once during the 2016 campaign.

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