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Charges filed in Mueller investigation into Russian meddling

30 October 2017

A federal grand jury in Washington approved the first charges Friday in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to CNN. Details of the charges - including who they are against - have not been made public.

CNN and NBC report that the charges were approved Friday and remain sealed under orders from a federal judge.

Christie, a former U.S. attorney, said leaks to the news media about the grand jury's actions could undermine the credibility of the process, which he said needed to remain confidential.

King, whose panel is conducting one of several investigations into Russia's meddling in the election, said the committee will still be reviewing evidence for months, calling Trump's declaration "premature".

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"I don't think the president's power is all as, that absolute, as people have been suggesting", Schiff told ABC's "This Week". "I don't think there's any basis for that statement". It also came after weeks of questions about the Justice Department's independence from the White House.

South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy echoed Christie's comments on "Fox News Sunday", vouching for Mueller's integrity while acknowledging many of his colleagues do not feel the same way.

"I'm interested in that ... laundering money through a law firm", Gowdy said.

He said Republicans were united behind him, before urging: "DO SOMETHING!" His broad mandate could encompass any questionable actions of Trump's associates and possibly even the circumstances of the firing earlier this year of FBI Director James Comey.

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In the tweets, Trump referenced the fact that Clinton's presidential campaign helped fund political research into Trump that ultimately produced a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russian Federation.

"The president can not pardon people if it's an effort to obstruct justice, if it's an effort to prevent Bob Mueller, others, from learning about the president's own conduct", he added, referencing special counsel Robert Mueller, who's investigating Russia's election interference.

In the series of tweets Sunday, the president again attempted to make the larger case that Washington and the rest of the country is consumed by the Justice Department's special counsel probe into whether Trump associates colluded with Russian Federation during the White House race, amid similar issues related to Democrats and others.

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Charges filed in Mueller investigation into Russian meddling