First Charges Filed in US Special Counsel's Russia Investigation

Michele Moreno
October 29, 2017

Writing on his personal Twitter account Friday, Fox News host Sean Hannity offered a theory about what he believes is really behind Friday's report at CNN that said FBI special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation had yielded its first indictment.

CNN cited sources briefed on the matter in reporting that the grand jury approved charges, but the network said that the charges are sealed under orders from a federal judge and it was unclear what the charges are or who they are against.

After breaking the news of the charges, and with limited information, CNN commentators, journalists and legal experts went on to speculate about who might be charged, and what the charges might be.

The special counsel is also meant to "investigate Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election".

Many possible charges and incidents are under investigation by Mueller's team.

He was appointed by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

A spokesman for Mueller's office did not immediately return Bustle's request for comment.

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

Mueller and a team of investigators are probing potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

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.

Woolsey and his wife, Nancye Miller, "have responded to every request, whether from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or, more recently, the Office of the Special Counsel", Franks said in a statement.

By June, Trump himself was reportedly under investigation for obstruction of justice.

Flynn has previously denied through a spokesperson that such a plan was ever discussed.

Mueller's broad mandate gives him not only oversight of the Russian Federation probe, but also "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation".

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