Mueller Reportedly Ready To File First Charges In Russia Probe

Update (10:35 pm ET): For what it's worth, Reuters has has "confirmed" the report after talking to a single source...

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Five months after Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tasked Robert Mueller with taking over the Justice Department investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, CNN is reporting that the first charges have been filed, and that arrests could be made in the coming days.

A federal grand jury in Washington, DC, on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.


The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.


A spokesman for the special counsel's office declined to comment.

To be sure, CNN's version of events leaves room for doubt. And importantly, it doesn't name the subject of the charges.

On Friday, top lawyers who are helping to lead the Mueller probe, including veteran prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, were seen entering the court room at the DC federal court where the grand jury meets to hear testimony in the Russia investigation.

Reporters present saw a flurry of activity at the grand jury room, but officials made no official announcements. The flurry... implies someone being charged... presumably - though CNN says it talked to a source close to the investigation who corroborated its suspicions.

The special counsel's investigation has focused on two things: potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and obstruction of justice by the President, who might have tried to impede the investigation. CNN has previously reported that Mueller's team was scrutinizing Trump and his associates' financial ties to Russia. Former campaign executive Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law have both been subject to intensive scrutiny during the investigation. Manafort has had his financial records thoroughly probed and his home raided by the FBI. Mueller has also scrutinized Manafort's foreign lobbying efforts, as well as those of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Mueller impaneled a grand jury over the summer, a sign that he intended to file charges. If the report is accurate, it's certainly an interesting coincidence that Mueller is moving ahead with charges just as calls to shut down his investigation are picking up steam. Meanwhile, Congress has launched several investigations into the Obama-era Uranium One deal to scrutinize the Clinton's dealings with the Russians.

Republicans have been skeptical of Mueller’s ability to be impartial in the investigation - suspicions that have intensified following reports that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research into the infamous "Trump dossier." Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona told Fox News Friday that “the federal code could not be clearer – Mueller is compromised by his apparent conflict of interest in being close with James Comey.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suggested Friday that Mueller should "step aside"

"If the facts that you just laid out are true, then somebody with Bob Mueller's integrity will step aside, and should," Christie said. The Russia probe was launched in the summer of 2016 by then-FBI Director James Comey.


nmewn El Vaquero Fri, 10/27/2017 - 22:14 Permalink

You would be last thing Grand Inquisitor Mueller wants in the court room or on the stand is the Wood Sprite of Chappaqua tasking him with when did HE know about "Russian collusion".That would be 2015 when he cleared the list of small fry away for Bill & Hills big payday ;-)

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Sanity Bear auricle Fri, 10/27/2017 - 23:12 Permalink

This is a panic move prompted by the Uranium One situation blowing up in their faces.

Remember, Meuller PERSONALLY handed over a uranium sample to the Russians!

That he actually did that and THEN got appointed to this position tells you all you really need to know about the nature of the enterprise, doesn't it?

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jeff montanye CheapBastard Sat, 10/28/2017 - 04:16 Permalink

lest we forget mueller was the fbi head on 9-11 and for a decade afterwards.  he never noticed that the judge, alvin k. hellerstein who turned down all the 9-11 families' suits against, among others, the israeli company that did passenger screening that day at those airports, had an israeli lawyer son working for the israeli law firm defending the passenger screeners.oops.

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Mineshaft Gap Sanity Bear Sat, 10/28/2017 - 02:26 Permalink

+1Given the unraveling of their Trump-Putin lovenest story, I won't be surprised if they go for broke. This is their last chance, really.If Mueller doesn't strike deeply at Trump now, we could see leading DNC figures on trial for perjury in the New Year. But high-level indictments of the administration would buy Podesta, DWS, HRC and others more time -- perhaps all the time in the world if Trump himself is charged.

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jeff montanye Mineshaft Gap Sat, 10/28/2017 - 04:21 Permalink

trump probably can't be charged without impeachment and conviction:… will see.  that's what makes trump such a deep state enemy: they may have him fighting for his office and his freedom.  been a while and he's a lot cleaner than poor mr. nixon was, by the time they got around to him.  coverup not the crime.if they only wing him, next year will be fun.

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thinkmoretalkless El Vaquero Fri, 10/27/2017 - 22:28 Permalink

Manafort or Flynn would get CNN something to scream about for awhile. Mueller is making a move to keep his position and protect the “queen”. It’s going to be a “Scooter Libby” style process crime incidental to the nonexistent “collusion” that started the Mueller sham. It may buy Mueller more time and the various Congressional committees need to get their butts in gear and get some people under oath.

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E5 naiverealist Fri, 10/27/2017 - 22:31 Permalink

It will be Trump.The only way to get the heat off Hillary and DNC is to make it look like he didn't start the case against them until it was "revenge".  The Sheep don't know about U 1 or the dossier.If it is against Trump he will be forced to respond to it and the press is free to ignore Uranium 1.This is high treason if it happens and Mueller should be instantly investigated.  They should not play a game with this but ignore the screaming and call him to task.

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GUS100CORRINA MozartIII Fri, 10/27/2017 - 23:05 Permalink

Mueller Reportedly Ready To File First Charges In Russia ProbeMy response: This entire investigation is BULLSHIT!! Mueller needs to forget about charging anybody and just resign because this S.O.B. is DIRTY to the CORE and a TREASONOUS DESPOT.And we spent TAX PAYER MONEY for this crap. AG Jeff Sessions should resign as well for letting that crap get started in the first place.As an American, this whole situation with MUELLER makes me sick and angry.Maybe MUELLER will charge himself and Comey with TREASON.DRAIN THE SWAMP!!!

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therealestg9 Fri, 10/27/2017 - 21:40 Permalink

They are most likely going to go after Manafort for some random business deal or conversation that Mueller happened to dig up. The deep state will pick to target somebody in which both sides can claim a "victory". The left can claim that Manafort being guilty makes Trump guilty by association. The right can argue that the connection between Trump and Manafort ended as soon as Manafort was fired. Both sides continue fighting each other and serving as a perfect distraction, which is exactly what the elites want. They want people to be distracted from the issues that really matter.

uhland62 therealestg9 Fri, 10/27/2017 - 21:50 Permalink

Manafort is an 'interesting' character, having cashed in on working with murderous dictators like Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines and Mobutu in the Congo. We wouldn't touch those characters with a barge pole.Manafort then volunteered for various GOP election campaigns meaning that foreign payments enabled him to spend time volunteering.  Only recently did he register as a foreign agent. Much has been talked about Russia's legislation that people must register as foreign agents when receiving money from the outside but that Russian legislation only mirrors what has existed in the US for a long time. Manafort was seemingly above the law; must have had powerful protectors. 

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