GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016

DOJ indicts two GOP operativesTwo GOP political operatives have been indicted for their involvement in a scheme to solicit an illegal campaign contribution from a Russian national in 2016.

Jesse R. Benton, 43, and Roy Douglas “Doug” Wead, 75, were both charged with counts related to illegal campaign contributions by a foreign national and filing false records to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The indictment against Benton, who is from Kentucky, and Wead, who is from Florida, was unsealed in federal court in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

Benton previously served as the chief strategist of the pro-Trump Great America PAC and worked on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) 2014 campaign. Wead was previously an adviser to a number of presidential campaigns and served in the George H.W. Bush White House.