Saturday, 25 November, 2017

First Charges Reportedly Approved in Russia Probe; Details Still Unclear

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Lillian Steele | 31 October, 2017, 00:48

Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May to oversee the investigation.

On Friday, a Washington grand jury approved the first charges in Mueller's investigation, although they have been kept sealed so far by order of a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said.

The special counsel's investigation has focused on potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, as well as obstruction of justice by the President, who might have tried to impede the investigation.

"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".

The president has denied any collusion with Moscow.

In that effort, the president was helped last Tuesday by the revelation that the Democratic Party and Clinton's campaign previous year paid for a private investigation to assemble information linking Trump to Russian Federation, a probe that resulted in a dossier filled with sordid, but uncorroborated, details about the president. Peter Carr, a spokesperson for Mueller, declined to comment Friday night.

This week, watch not only what Special Counsel Mueller does, but also how Trump responds.

Team Mueller is also scrutinizing whether Trump - who admitted to firing Comey over the Russian affair - obstructed justice. The former national security adviser was sacked after misleading Vice President Pence about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office.

And Sen. Angus King, a ME independent who caucuses with Democrats, said on CNN that Mueller's first charges will be "really just the beginning".

Any news this week on Trump-Russia indictments, Corker said, "obviously. will take up some space".

Sean Hannity, a star Fox News anchor and fervent supporter of the president, has alleged that the federal investigation is a smokescreen meant to mask another scandal involving former Trump rival Hillary Clinton.

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