Robert Mueller, the man heading the special counsel looking into Russian interference during the 2016 election, will be filing his first charges. A federal grand jury located in Washington D.C. announced Friday that charges have been filed but declined to specify who the charges were against or what the charges were.
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According to a source who spoke to CNN, the person facing these charges is expected to be taken into custody by Monday.
To further substantiate the claims made by the source, Meuller’s top lawyer, Andrew Weissmann, was seen leaving the grand jury’s office Friday evening.
Political analyst Carl Bernstein gave his take on what Meuller and his team may have uncovered that would justify charges.
“There are others who may be subject to similar charges, who have further knowledge about dealings with Russia,” Bernstein said. “So it may be aimed at these prospective indictees as well, not simply this person or persons they want to flip.”
Meuller and his team were appointed in May to investigate possible meddling from Russia in the 2016 election. Meuller has also been looking into the possibility that Trump and his team colluded with Russia and fired former FBI Director James Comey after he wouldn’t swear his loyalty to the administration.
According to The Hill, U.S. intelligence concluded that Russia did indeed seek to disrupt the electoral process in the 2016 election.
In recent months, the special counsel has taken an aggressive approach in its investigation into Trump and those within his administration. Meuller expanded his investigation to Trump and his administration’s personal finances, an incident that Trump saw as far-reaching.
It was reported over the summer, but not confirmed, that Meuller and his team were looking at whether Trump obstructed justice when he fired Comey.
It is reported that the man overseeing Meuller and his team, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, has been informed of their findings. The case is under federal seal blocking reporters from access to the name(s) of the person or persons prior to arrests being made.
Three committees in Congress have also been investigating claims of Russia-related meddling during the election.