DOJ has charged a senior White House official in connection with a special counsel’s investigation into whether the Trump administration colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
According to the charging document, William Luterres was in charge of the Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility at the time of the investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.
Luterres has previously denied any collusion with Russia and said he had no knowledge of any coordination.
The Justice Department said Luterre had a responsibility to ensure the integrity of the probe.
In the charging documents, the agency said Lutres “was aware of and approved of” an “unlawful scheme” to “violate” the Hatch Act by working as a surrogate for a former Trump campaign official who was in contact with Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The charges against Luterrs are part of a wide-ranging investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election that has revealed a Trump campaign effort to boost Hillary Clinton and the Trump-owned Trump Tower in New York.