First charges filed in Trump-Russia investigation, arrests imminent
28 Oct 2017
An investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election have reportedly been filed.
It remains unclear what the charges are and who they were filed against, according to CNN and Reuters reports.
Those charged may be arrested on Monday, CNN reported.
Mueller is also investigating any potential links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Mueller has interviewed White House officials
In May, the Justice Department appointed Mueller, a former FBI director, as special counsel after Trump fired FBI director James Comey.
A federal grand jury in Washington has approved the charges which are sealed under a federal judge’s orders, according to reports.
Mueller’s spokesman has declined to comment on the reports.
His team has reportedly extensively interviewed multiple current and former White House officials.
What Mueller is investigating
Earlier this year, US intelligence agencies said the Russian government tried helping Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election.
The agencies believe Russia promoted a campaign to disparage Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
It did so by hacking into Democratic email accounts and paying trolls on social media to make malicious and vilifying comments against Clinton.
Trump denies collusion, accuses Clinton of having Russian links
On Friday, Trump tweeted that it was “commonly agreed” he didn’t collude with Russia.
However, he said there were links between Clinton and Moscow.
Republican lawmakers allege that the US made a uranium deal with a Russian company in 2010 while Clinton was secretary of state.
The case is being investigated, which Democrats claim is meant to divert attention from the Russia investigation.