Ar­rests in Rus­sia probe ex­pected af­ter grand jury ap­proves charges

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A grand jury ap­proved the first charges in the fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian med­dling in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports.

It’s un­clear who has been charged, and with what. CNN re­ported Fri­day that the charges are sealed un­der or­ders from a fed­eral judge. Some of those charged may be taken into cus­tody as early as Mon­day.

Spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller has tapped at least two grand ju­ries — in Vir­ginia and Wash­ing­ton, D.C. — to ad­vance a wide-rang­ing fed­eral in­quiry into pos­si­ble co­or­di­na­tion be­tween Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign and Moscow dur­ing the elec­tion.

CNN said its re­port­ing is based on sources who de­clined to be iden­ti­fied. Reuters and the Wall Street Jour­nal also con­firmed the re­ports with sources speak­ing un­der anonymity.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for the spe­cial coun­sel’s of­fice, de­clined to com­ment on Fri­day.

Top lawyers who are help­ing to lead the Mueller probe, in­clud­ing veteran prose­cu­tor Andrew Weiss­mann, were seen en­ter­ing the court­room on Fri­day at the Wash­ing­ton fed­eral court where the grand jury meets to hear tes­ti­mony in the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to CNN. Re­porters present saw a flurry of ac­tiv­ity at the grand-jury room, but of­fi­cials made no an­nounce­ments.

Trump has re­peat­edly de­nied any col­lu­sion with Rus­sia dur­ing the cam­paign and has called the in­ves­ti­ga­tion a witch hunt.

Shortly af­ter Trump abruptly fired then-FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey in May, the Jus­tice Depart­ment ap­pointed Mueller as spe­cial coun­sel. Mueller took the reins of a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion that Comey first opened in July 2016 in the mid­dle of the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

USA TO­DAY NET­WORK re­porter Kevin John­son con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.



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