Former FBI director and DOJ special counsel Robert Mueller has filed what is being reported at the first charges related to the special investigation into President Donald Trump‘s alleged ties to Russia on Friday (Oct. 29). Mueller was assigned to lead the probe, and there appears to be a chance that arrests in the case will be announced publicly at the top of next week.
The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.
A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment. The White House also had no comment, a senior administration official said Saturday morning.
Mueller was appointed in May to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Under the regulations governing special counsel investigations, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has oversight over the Russia investigation, would have been made aware of any charges before they were taken before the grand jury for approval, according to people familiar with the matter.
The outlet notes that in addition to Mueller’s probe, three committees on Capitol Hill are also investigating the collusion claims between Trump and Russia, along with obstruction of justice charges.