First Charges Filed in US Special Counsel's Russia Investigation

First Charges Filed in US Special Counsel's Russia Investigation

First Charges Filed in US Special Counsel's Russia Investigation

On Friday, multiple sources reported that the first charges had been filed in the Russian Federation investigation spearheaded by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The charges are sealed under orders from a federal judge, the network said.

Since we know nearly nothing, might as well start some wild speculation.

Josh Suteve, a spokesman for the special counsel, told Reuters on Tuesday that former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Greg Andres had joined Mueller's investigative team.

Michael Flynn, who briefly served as Mr Trump's national security adviser before he was sacked in February for misleading vice president Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations with a Russian ambassador, is also under investigation.

Mueller, who headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2001 to 2013, was named special counsel in an announcement on May 17 from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday told reporters it was "a pretty big waste" for the news media to investigate connections between Trump associates and Russian Federation.

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He is also examining other possible crimes, including obstruction of justice, money-laundering and tax evasion.

Earlier this week, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House believes Mueller's probe is "getting closer to conclusion".

Mueller's investigation also includes an effort to determine whether Trump or any of his aides tried to obstruct justice.

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

One day before, Manafort had met with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators to discuss a meeting between a Russian lawyer and members of Trump's campaign team that took place during the 2016 presidential election.

Flynn was sacked from the administration in February after it was found that he had misled vice president Mike Pence on his dealings with Russian officials. It is not yet known what charges were filed, or who they were filed against.

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