Charges approved in Russian Federation influence investigation

29 October, 2017, 04:10 | Author: Lora Ball
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The first charges have been filed in the investigation headed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

It's not clear how serious the charges are, but CNN is reporting that the secrecy around them suggests several people are likely to be accused.

It is unclear at this time what the charges are or who is facing them.

Sources told CNN that anyone charged could be arrested as soon as Monday.

The special counsel's office declined to comment on Friday, CNN reported. NBC News later confirmed reports of a Monday indictment.

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The special prosecutor's office has been focusing on past foreign lobbying by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and ex-White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.

News of the charges came just one day after White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had claimed the Trump administration was seeing the Russian probe "getting closer to conclusion" in an interview on Fox News' America's Newsroom. There was also that whole Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer, meaning Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner are still in play here as well. He is also examining the possibility that the president may have tried to interfere with the Russian Federation investigation.

Facebook had recently revealed that for just $100,000, apparent Russia-linked buyers placed some 3,000 advertisements on its pages previous year that appeared aimed at influencing the election.

The president has repeatedly denied potential collusion as "fake news" and a "hoax" perpetuated by Democrats.



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