FBI Leaks to CNN: First Charges Filed in Mueller Investigation

Charges filed in Mueller investigation into Russian meddling: report

A federal grand jury approved the indictment on Friday and a federal judge ordered it sealed, a source briefed on the matter has told Reuters, adding it could be unsealed as soon as Monday. Details of the charges - including who they are against - have not been made public.

CNN has previously reported that Fusion's research on Trump was first funded by Republican foes of Trump, and Democrats began paying the research firm later, after he became the presumptive nominee. A plea deal was reached, quietly, and the company was allowed to purchase Uranium One, a Canadian company that controls 20 percent of the uranium reserves in the U.S. Congressional committees have now launched investigations into what happened, and why the Uranium One deal was not stopped.

Last year, the Comey-led investigation secured approval from the secret court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor the communications of Manafort, as well as former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as part of the investigation into Russian meddling.

A US federal grand jury has approved the first charges in an investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to multiple media reports.

United States intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian Federation interfered in the election to try to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton by hacking and releasing embarrassing emails and disseminating propaganda via social media to discredit her.

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President Trump on Sunday said the lack of investigation into the Clinton campaign spending a reported $12 million on a dossier crafted during the 2016 presidential race to smear him has sparked unprecedented "anger and unity" among fellow Republicans.

And he was returning to questions about Clinton's use of a private email server and how Former FBI Director James Comey handled an investigation into the matter, which was closed with no charges being filed.

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.

After breaking the news of the charges, and with limited information, CNN commentators, journalists and legal experts went on to speculate about who might be charged, and what the charges might be.

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