Grand Jury Approves First Charges in Mueller's Russia Probe, Report Says

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We don't know yet who has been charged or what the charges are; the outlet says they're sealed under an order from a federal judge.

A federal grand jury approved the first charges filed by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to an exclusive CNN report. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation.

He is also examining other possible crimes, including obstruction of justice, money-laundering and tax evasion.

Peter Carr, a spokesman in the special counsel's office, declined to comment.

CNN reported in August that the Mueller investigation is including a probe of possible financial ties between Trump, his associates and Russian Federation.

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Earlier this week, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House believes Mueller's probe is "getting closer to conclusion".

However, in an interview with NBC after Comey's removal, Trump admitted that he was thinking about "this Russian Federation thing" when he chose to fire Comey.

In July, FBI agents raided the home in Virginia of Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, whose financial and real estate dealings and prior work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine are being investigated by Mueller's team. Sanders had also said President Donald Trump "has confidence they're going to close this up soon".

Flynn was sacked from the administration in February after it was found that he had misled vice president Mike Pence on his dealings with Russian officials.

The Justice Department's appointment of Mueller as a special counsel came amid growing public demands to place the politically charged inquiry into the hands of an outside investigator with bipartisan respect.

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