First charges could be unsealed in Russia probe

The first charges from the probe of possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election could be unsealed as early as Monday and a target taken into custody, possibly marking a dramatic turn in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Zachary Goelman reports.

WASHINGTON, USA (CBS, Reuters) – A special prosecutor could unveil the first charges on Monday (October 30) in a probe into alleged Russian intervention in the U.S. election.

It would mark a dramatic turn for the investigation, which has overshadowed the presidency of Donald Trump.

Former FBI director Robert Mueller has been probing allegations Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in January that Moscow tried to sway the presidential race toward Republican candidate Donald Trump.

The spy services say Russia did so by hacking Democratic e-mails and releasing the communications to embarass Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton.

Mueller is looking into whether anyone on the Trump campaign may have cooperated with Russian agents in this effort.

Russia denies any involvement. Trump has called accusations of collusion a witch hunt.

Mueller was tapped to investigate the matter after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

The special counsel is examining ties between Trump and foreign governments, possible financial crimes, and whether Trump or his aides attempted to obstruct the investigation.

A source close to the probe told Reuters that a federal grand jury returned an indictment, which could be unsealed later today.

After the indictment is unsealed, a target could be taken into custody.