Saturday, October 28, 2017

First Charges Filed in Mueller Investigation


Things apparently going to get interesting as early as Monday when those charged in the first indictments in special prosecutor Robert Mueller's may be taken into custody.  Obviously, we need to be prepared for a twitter orgy flowing from Der Trumpenf├╝hrer and fake news outlets like Fox News, a/k/a Faux News, and Breitbart which will ramp up obfuscation campaigns to distract the ignorance and conspiracy theory embracing base of Trump supporters.  The names of those indicted have not yet been released as arrangements are being made.  CNN looks at this development.  Here are excerpts:
A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.
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.
 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.
On Friday, top lawyers who are helping to lead the Mueller probe, including veteran prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, were seen entering the court room at the DC federal court where the grand jury meets to hear testimony in the Russia investigation.
Reporters present saw a flurry of activity at the grand jury room, but officials made no announcements.
 Mueller's team has also examined foreign lobbying conducted by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and others. His team has issued subpoenas for documents and testimony to a handful of figures, including some people close to Manafort, and others involved in the Trump Tower meeting between Russians and campaign officials.

One can only hope that the indictments will cause those indicted to spill their guts and, with luck, implicate Trump, Pence and others in activities colluding with Russia and/or obstruction of justice.  

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