Ex-FBI agent on CNN: Mueller has a new line of inquiry that could result in even more indictments for Trump's associates
Former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa. (CNN/Screenshot)

Former FBI special agent and CNN analyst Asha Rangappa on Monday said that special counsel Robert Mueller appeared to have opened a "new line" of inquiry in his investigation of Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Sam Patten, a lobbyist and associate of Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty last week to running an illegal foreign lobbying campaign and funneling a Ukrainian oligarch's money to Trump's inauguration committee. The charges were referred to the U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia by Mueller.

Rangappa said the guilty plea was evidence that Mueller was investigating yet another aspect of the Trump campaign.

"When we talk about active measures by Russia in the campaign, we're talking about a number of different fronts on which Russia was operating," she explained. "One is disinformation campaign and we know that Mueller has already indicted several individuals and the Internet Research Agency [for] its Facebook and social media activities."

"Then we have the hacking and intrusion into emails and voting machines. We already have an indictment on that against 12 GRU Russian intelligence officers."

"I think there's going to be another series of indictments concerning illegal campaign contributions, and this Patten plea being the first of them but where Russia may have been using straw donors, illegal donors, to funnel money into places that they would otherwise not be able to directly," Rangappa said.

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