First charges were just filed in Mueller’s investigation—arrests expected Monday

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After months of investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, a grand jury is filing charges related to the Russian involvement in the 2016 election — and arrests could come as soon as Monday.

According to CNN, the grand jury approved charges against individuals, but the charges are sealed and unknown at this point.

The next step is for the investigators and law enforcement to obtain arrest warrants for the individuals. Given that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation, it will be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who must approve the warrants. Per policy, Rosenstein would have been notified that charges were pending before the Grand Jury received them.

Mueller’s investigation has particularly focused on the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia and whether there was collusion between the two. After President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, whose agency was among the leaders of the initial investigations, many believe the Mueller investigation has also been looking into whether Trump committed obstruction of justice in an attempt to impede the investigation.

The news comes on the heels of a report that said the Russian attorney who met with Donald Trump Jr. and Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort to discuss potentially damaging information against Hillary Clinton had previously discussed the information and her meeting with the Kremlin’s prosecutor general. Manafort has been a significant target of the investigation, and Comey’s FBI had received permission to monitor his communications, CNN said.

This is a developing story.

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