A Washington, D.C., grand jury just approved the first charges stemming from special investigator Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign. According to CNN, the federal judge ordered the charges sealed, but officials were already making plans to arrest those charged “as soon as Monday.”
Although the court ordered the charges and other information sealed, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would have been briefed on the situation even before Mueller, and the other investigators walked into the Grand Jury room to present them. The information would have included what the charges are and to whom they apply.
Although Mueller’s investigation focuses on Russia-Trump Campaign collusion and alleged obstruction of justice committed by President Donald Trump himself, Rosenstein authorized Mueller in May to:
“…Investigate ‘any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.'”
Mueller is also investigating financial ties between Trump, his associates, and Russia. This is in addition to the foreign lobbying Paul Manafort, Trump’s former Campaign Chairman, and Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor to the president, conducted while in the employ of Trump’s campaign.
According to the report:
“[Mueller and] His team has issued subpoenas for documents and testimony to a handful of figures, including some people close to Manafort, and others involved in the Trump Tower meeting between Russians and campaign officials.”
Whether the charges Mueller filed this evening stem from those specific subpoenas or not remains to be seen. What’s interesting about this is that, according to MSNBC, judges only seal indictments or charges when they expect the suspect to flee the country.
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