First Charges Filed in US Special Counsel's Russia Investigation

National Security Expert Mueller Will Deliver On Trump Russia Investigation Before Thanksgiving

A federal grand jury has approved the first charges in the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

However, according to the reporter, the person who will have criminal charges filed against them didn't yet know of the grand jury's decision.

CNN also reported someone could be taken into custody by Monday.

Under the regulations governing special counsel investigations, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has oversight over the Russian Federation investigation, would have been made aware of any charges before they were taken before the grand jury for approval, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Russia investigation has cast a shadow over Trump's nine-month-old presidency and widened the partisan rift between Republicans and Democrats.

As of late Friday evening, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has declined to respond to questions about the charges, but top lawyers in the probe were seen entering the grand jury room earlier in the day.




The allegation led to speculation that president might have obstructed justice by attempting to influence the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

The first person to be charged in connection with the investigation into alleged collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation is due to be taken into custody tomorrow.

Many possible charges and incidents are under investigation by Mueller's team. Other incidents that have come up in the investigation are meetings between former Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak with Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Woolsey and his wife, Nancye Miller, "have responded to every request, whether from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or, more recently, the Office of the Special Counsel", Franks said in a statement.

Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and NBC News subsequently issued similar reports. Rosenstein oversees the Mueller probe at the Justice Department.

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