First Charges Filed In Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia Investigation

On Friday, multiple sources reported that the first charges had been filed in the Russian Federation investigation spearheaded by special counsel Robert Mueller.

A federal grand jury approved the charges on Friday, CNN reports, and plans have been made to take those who are charged into custody by Monday.

Neither the specific charges, nor the person or persons named in them, are known at this time.

Mueller's office declined to comment on the news. Deputy Attorney General Ron Rosenstein signed the order.

CNN reported in August that the Mueller investigation is including a probe of possible financial ties between Trump, his associates and Russian Federation.

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Sources familiar with Mueller's investigation said he has used that broad authority to investigate links between Trump aides and foreign governments as well as possible money laundering, tax evasion and other financial crimes.

Earlier this week, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House believes Mueller's probe is "getting closer to conclusion".

The investigation is also looking into allegations that Trump obstructed justice when he fired Comey.

Mr Mueller's team has interviewed former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, former spokesman Sean Spicer and other current and former White House officials as part of the investigation. He is also examining the possibility that the president may have tried to interfere with the Russian Federation investigation. The nature of the charges is not clear, nor is the identity or number of individuals targeted. Donald Trump, Jr., oldest son of the president, also attended the meeting.

  • Adam Floyd