First Charges Filed in Trump-Russia Special Counsel Investigation

Jay Jacobs
October 29, 2017

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

A federal grand jury handed down the charges, which were still under seal at the order of a federal judge, CNN reported. A person or people could be taken into custody as early as Monday, according to CNN and the Wall Street Journal.

Mueller is investigating alleged meddling by Russia in the 2016 US Presidential election and whether anyone connected to the Trump administration colluded with the Russian government.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mr Mueller, declined to comment.

The investigation is also looking into allegations that Trump obstructed justice when he fired Comey. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation.

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The probe also is examining possible financial ties between Russian businesses and members of the Trump campaign, and foreign lobbying conducted by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

It's unclear who has been charged and what those charges are.

Reuters reported on Thursday that Woolsey and his wife a year ago pitched a $10 million project to the same Turkish businessman who had agreed a smaller contract with Flynn.

Mueller has wide latitude to examine matters arising from the investigation, and he has also been looking into any collusion by anyone associated with the Trump campaign with Russian Federation.

As Special Counsel he has sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers.

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