- ORIGINAL STORY: A federal grand jury approved the first charges filed by special counsel Robert Mueller Friday, according to CNN and Reuters.
The charges were reportedly sealed. Sources told CNN that anyone charged could be taken into custody as early as Monday.
Through a source, Reuters verified the charges were filed in the Russia probe later Friday evening.
It’s unclear what the charges are, and a spokesperson for the special counsel’s officer declined to comment.
- President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to call talk of "phony Trump/Russia 'collusion'" a "witch hunt."
- White House lawyer Ty Cobb told NBC News that Trump's tweets were not "a reaction to anything involving the special counsel, with whom the White House continues to cooperate."
Top lawyers leading the probe were seen entering the court room on Friday where grand jury meets to hear testimony in the Russia investigation. According to reporters, a flurry of activity occurred, but officials didn’t make any announcements.
Roger Stone, longtime adviser to Trump, said he had spoken to Paul Manafort around 5 p.m. Friday about the indictments and that he “knew nothing of this,” according to the Huffington Post. Later, in what appeared to be a response to the news of the charges, Stone reportedly tweeted a profanity-laden rant about CNN's Don Lemon, calling for the anchor to be mocked and punished. Stone's Twitter account has since been suspended.
- Mueller was appointed to lead the investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and President Trump’s election campaign back in May. He came into power shortly after President Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey. According to Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein, Mueller can investigate “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”
Mueller’s team has also examined foreign lobbying conducted by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and a few others. His team has issued subpoenas for documents and testimony to a handful of figures, including people close to Manafort and other people involved in the Trump Tower meeting between Russians and campaign officials.
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