FBI Leaks to CNN: First Charges Filed in Mueller Investigation

Posted October 30, 2017

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.

"It's certainly not commonly agreed in our committee, and we're the ones doing the investigation", he said, referring to his panel's investigation into Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 election.

A federal grand jury in Washington approved the first charges Friday in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to CNN. "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".

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The charges remained sealed Friday under a federal judge's order. Sources, who were not identified, told the news network that officials are also scrutinizing possible attempts by Trump and others to obstruct the FBI investigation.

Multiple congressional committees have undertaken their own investigations into Russian meddling in the elections, following up on the conclusion of USA intelligence agencies that Moscow sought to sway the contest in favor of Trump - an idea that he has frequently dismissed as a hoax.

In the series of tweets Sunday, the president again attempted to make the larger case that Washington and the rest of the country is consumed by the Justice Department's special counsel probe into whether Trump associates colluded with Russian Federation during the White House race, amid similar issues related to Democrats and others.

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"I think it's important to emphasize that whatever it is, it's just the beginning, and I'm sure there will be additional evidence, assuming Director Mueller uncovers additional evidence", he said.

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.

King, who caucuses with Democrats in the Senate, also said he thought the timing of calls for Mueller to resign from the investigation and the news of indictments in that probe were probably not a coincidence.

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