Charges filed in Mueller investigation into Russian meddling

First Charges Filed in Robert Mueller Investigation

Official Washington was abuzz this weekend over reports that a grand jury has charged at least one person stemming from the USA probe of Russia's attempts to tilt the 2016 presidential elections in Donald Trump's favor.

A CNN correspondent said on "Anderson Cooper 360" on Friday evening that she understood that the individuals who have been charged have likely not been notified yet, and that they would most likely be notified through their attorneys on Sunday or Monday.

It is not clear what the charges are and whom they are targeting, CNN and Reuters report, quoting unnamed sources.

Christie, a former United States attorney, said leaks to the news media about the grand jury's actions could undermine the credibility of the process, which he said needed to remain confidential.

Mueller was the Federal Bureau of Investigation director while the FBI was investigating a subsidiary of Russia's state-owned nuclear energy company, Rosatom. "I don't think [the president's pardon power] is unlimited, and I think it would be highly problematic for the president if it's part of an effort to obstruct justice".

Christie added that he thought Mueller needed to be "careful" to maintain his impartiality and ensure the public accepts that the investigation has followed only the facts. It also came after weeks of questions about the Justice Department's independence from the White House.

"I'm interested in that ... laundering money through a law firm", Gowdy said.

Gowdy, himself a former prosecutor, praised Mueller's record as Federal Bureau of Investigation director and described him as "apolitical".

Comey said during congressional testimony in June that he felt the president tried to pressure him into dropping the FBI's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn four months earlier.

The special counsel team investigating Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election and possible links to the campaign of President Donald Trump has sought charges against at least one unidentified target, ABC News has learned.

President Donald Trump raged on Twitter on Sunday about the investigations into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation, seeking to shift the focus to a litany of accusations against his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, as the special prosecutor is reportedly poised to issue the first indictment in the Russian Federation case.

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