First Charges Reportedly Approved in Russia Probe; Details Still Unclear

Kelly Massey
October 29, 2017

A federal grand jury approved the first charges filed by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to an exclusive CNN report.

Details were still murky Friday because the charges are still sealed by judge's order.

Mueller's Office of the Special Counsel will make public an indictment on Monday, a USA official with firsthand knowledge of the process confirmed to NBC News, without disclosing the name of the target or the nature of the charges.

Mueller was appointed special counsel in May, shortly after the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey, to look into allegations that the Trump campaign might have colluded with Russian Federation to win the election.

He was appointed by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

The special counsel's office declined to comment on Friday, CNN reported.

Mueller, who headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2001 to 2013, was named special counsel in an announcement on May 17 from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

One day before, Manafort had met with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators to discuss a meeting between a Russian lawyer and members of Trump's campaign team that took place during the 2016 presidential election.

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Mueller is investigating whether Trump campaign officials colluded with those Russian efforts.

The Kremlin has denied the allegations.

Andrew Weissmann, a special staff attorney for the special counsel, was spotted at the courthouse.

The Justice Department tapped Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to head the probe in May. By June, Trump himself was reportedly under investigation for obstruction of justice.

After breaking the news of the charges, and with limited information, CNN commentators, journalists and legal experts went on to speculate about who might be charged, and what the charges might be.

Flynn was sacked from that post in February after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak past year.

News has not confirmed the report.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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