Nation & World

First charges filed in Mueller investigation of Trump, Russia collusion, says CNN report

A federal grand jury on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
A federal grand jury on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. AP

A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter, CNN is reporting.

The charges are still under sealed orders from a federal judge. If anyone is charged, they could be taken into custody as soon as Monday, CNN said. The charges have not been revealed.

Mueller was appointed in May to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election between President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

According to CNN, some of the top lawyers leading the Mueller probe, including veteran prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, were seen entering the D.C. federal court where the grand jury meets to hear testimony in the Russia investigation.

The special counsel’s investigation has focused on potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as obstruction of justice by Trump, who might have tried to impede the investigation. CNN reported that investigators are scrutinizing Trump and his associates’ financial ties to Russia.

Mueller’s team has also examined foreign lobbying conducted by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and others.

Three committees on Capitol Hill are also conducting their own investigations.

Follow @HowardCohen on Twitter.

  Comments