A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter. The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge.
Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.
A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment. Mueller was appointed in May to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Under the regulations governing special counsel investigations, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has oversight over the Russia 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.
Reuters, citing a source briefed on the matter, matches CNN report: First charges filed in Mueller’s Russia probe. https://t.co/3XhVxQEVG8
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 28, 2017
This has been a HORRIBLE week for Mueller, Special Counsel’s office. THIS IS ALL A DISTRACTION. Monday I’ll have the details. TICK TOCK….!
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 28, 2017
CNN: Mueller files Trump-Russia criminal charges
MSNBC: Mueller files Trump-Russia criminal charges
Fox News: Hey look a butterfly!
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) October 28, 2017
At least one defendant may be detained as early as Monday. These are the first charges–likely won’t be the last.https://t.co/fbcWQZGMWQ
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) October 28, 2017
My decision to make a Sexy Mueller Indictment Halloween costume is about to pay off.
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) October 28, 2017
Sorry to rain on your parade libtards, but Mueller will eventually admit there is zero evidence that Trump did anything wrong. 😆
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) October 28, 2017
Mueller’s making moves pic.twitter.com/VcC8sJpAA2
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) October 28, 2017
NOTE: My apologies for not reacting as immediately as usual to this news. I have a house guest visiting from San Francisco and we had to attend a very important gay-related thing downtown.