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First charges in Russia investigation ‘a turning point’

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Costas Panagopoulos, professor of political science, along with Daniel Medwed, a professor of law and criminology, speak on the latest developments of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Three former aides to President Donald Trump—including his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort—have been charged as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. These developments mark a “turning point” in the investigation, according to one Northeastern political scientist.

“In many ways, this investigation just got real,” Costas Panagopoulos, professor of political science and an expert on political campaigns, said on Monday.

Manafort and one of his former business associates, Rick Gates, were indicted and pleaded not guilty Monday to numerous federal charges, including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, and acting as an unregistered foreign agent.

Read the full story at news@Northeastern.

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