What's being said about Robert Mueller's indictments in the Trump-Russia probe

What's being said about Robert Mueller's indictments in the Trump-Russia probe

The sweeping investigation encompasses all Russian attempts to sway the 2016 USA presidential election, including possible collusion with members of Donald Trump's campaign.

Multiple outlets tonight are reporting that Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the probe of the Trump campaign's possible Russian Federation collusion, has made his first charges in connection with the investigation. It quoted sources as saying anyone who was charged could be taken into custody as soon as Monday.

Trump - in a series of tweets - is making reference to what he calls "phony Trump/Russia 'collusion, ' which doesn't exist".

"And I challenge all of my fellow members of Congress in both parties to join together and promise swift and decisive action to defend the Constitution if President Trump tries to fire Special Counsel Mueller or issue a pardon of his associates". "Was collusion with HC!" the president tweeted.

As of Saturday morning, it was unclear what exactly the charges were or who they'd been filed against as they were sealed under a federal judge's order.

The Associated Press hasn't confirmed the CNN report.




A spokesman for the special counsel's office declined to comment. After Comey's dismissal the Justice Department's second-in-command Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to take the reins as special counsel - a role more independent than a normal prosecutor but still under supervision of the department.

Last year, the Comey-led investigation secured approval from the secret court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor the communications of Manafort, as well as former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as part of the investigation into Russian meddling.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has spent months quietly building his case.

The charges were approved by a grand just empaneled in Washington, DC, by Mueller and his team of investigators and lawyers.

Congressional investigations into alleged Russian involvement in the presidential election are also underway.

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