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

Since we know nearly nothing, might as well start some wild speculation.

A Washington, DC grand jury has approved the first charges in the investigation led by Robert Mueller into the potential Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. It prevents the target of an indictment from knowing they're about to be charged and arrested, which limits the risk of defendants destroying evidence or any shenanigans when they are eventually brought in. What the charges are was unknown but individuals could be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the network said.

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.

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.

The news of charges in the case comes just days after the Washington Post reported that Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee contributed funding for research that culminated in the infamous dossier alleging Trump's connections to Russian Federation.

He is also examining other possible crimes, including obstruction of justice, money-laundering and tax evasion.

A spokesman for Mueller's office did not immediately return Bustle's request for comment.

The Kremlin has also denied the claims.

Mueller's team has conducted extensive interviews with former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, former spokesperson Sean Spicer and other current and former White House officials.

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

The Justice Department tapped Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to head the probe in May.

President Donald Trump on Saturday visited his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

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 previous year.

It's unclear what charges have been filed or who they name.

  • Rogelio Becker