Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has apparently yielded some fruit. Sources say that the first charges to be filed in that investigation were approved Friday by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C.
According to CNN, it is not known what the charges are; they are still sealed under orders from a federal judge, but plans were made Friday for anyone who is charged to be taken into custody Monday.
As previously reported on The Root, Mueller was appointed in May to oversee the investigation into whether or not associates of President Donald Trump and Russian officials coordinated last year to interfere with the U.S. presidential election. The investigation was previously overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.
Mueller was tasked with investigating “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,” as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation,” and any other matters that fall under the scope of the Justice Department regulation covering special-counsel appointments.
As deputy attorney general, Rosenstein still has oversight over the investigation, and he would have been made aware of any charges before they were taken to the grand jury.
CNN reports that lawyers who have been helping with the Mueller probe were seen entering the courtroom where the grand jury meets to hear testimony in the Russia investigation Friday.
Three congressional committees, including the Senate Intelligence Committee, are also conducting their own investigations into Russian interference in the presidential election.
I’ll be up bright and early Monday morning (I’m based in Los Angeles) to see just who gets arrested, but I’m taking bets in the comments.
Read more at CNN.