On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The indictment provided overwhelming evidence that Russia aimed to sow divisiveness and help Donald Trump win.
For months now several Congressional Republicans have argued that the premise on which this investigation is based is shoddy. Some assert that in light of text messages exchanged between high-ranking FBI officials once involved with the investigation, a salacious dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign that was used in part to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump team — spelled out in the Nunes memo — those conducting the investigation cannot be trusted.
Meanwhile, Democrats, particularly Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, claims that substantial evidence exists that the Trump team conspired with the Russians. They regard the actions of the Russians as an egregious assault on American democracy.
Here are 5 things you need to know about the ongoing Russia investigation in light of recent developments.