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First charges filed in Mueller investigation

Report Charges filed in Mueller investigation into Russian collusion Robert Mueller speaks during a news conference at the FBI headquarters. Alex Wong Getty Images
Stacy Diaz | 30 October, 2017, 15:32

"Contrary to what many have suggested, the president's comments today are unrelated to the activities of the special counsel, with whom he continues to cooperate", lawyer Ty Cobb said.

Various media sources have been saying that a USA grand jury has approved the first charges stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election and possible collusion with Donald Trump's campaign.

The source did not disclose the name of the target or the nature of the charges.

While Trump added on Twitter that the newest Russian Federation revelations were a way to distract from the Republican's push on tax reform, opponents of the president believe that it's his renewed focus on Clinton that's the real distraction.

As of Saturday morning, it was unclear what exactly the charges were or who they'd been filed against as they were sealed under a federal judge's order.

BuzzFeed News revealed that Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has become a focus of the FBI investigation due to a series of suspicious wire transfers to offshore companies, which totaled more than $3 million between 2012 and 2013.

"There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out".

"The Dems are using this awful (and bad for our country) Witch Hunt for evil politics", Trump wrote in one of several tweets, where he also called the allegations of his campaign's Russian collusion "phony". There has been no early indication of what the charges are or who will face them.

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. Numerous activities Mr. Mueller is scrutinizing date back years, well before Mr. Manafort joined the Trump campaign. Mueller took the reins of a federal investigation that Comey first opened in July 2016 in the middle of the presidential campaign.

"Make no mistake, disclosing grand jury material is a violation of the law", he continued.

While the probe has centered on possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election, the president's legal team has repeatedly warned Mueller's team against looking into his finances and business interests.

This week, watch not only what Special Counsel Mueller does, but also how Trump responds.

The president has frequently decried the charges of collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation as a fake "witch hunt", though investigators maintain it's too soon to tell either way.