First federal charges filed in Russian Federation investigation

First federal charges filed in Russian Federation investigation

First federal charges filed in Russian Federation investigation

A USA federal grand jury has approved the first charges in an investigation of Russian influence on us elections, according to several major news outlets.

A federal judge sealed the charges on Friday.

The first charges in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation have been approved, according to CNN.

Neither the White House or Mueller's office offered comments on the reports. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the report states.

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

The special counsel investigation began in May following Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Later this summer, Mueller convened a federal grand jury in Washington, DC, in the case. The grand jury issued two subpoenas in that time, for Russian-born lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin as well as Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Trump campaign head Paul Manafort.

On June 27, Manafort retroactively registered as a foreign agent thanks to $17.1 million his firm was paid from 2012 to 2014 for lobbying work he did on behalf of a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.

Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, was given sweeping power in May to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

President Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has called the investigation a witch hunt.

The special counsel probe has broadened in scope and includes inquiries into whether Trump obstructed justice or whether some of his campaign team violated foreign lobbying laws or had financial ties to Russian Federation.

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