A federal grand jury on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters.
The indictment was sealed under orders from a federal judge so it was not clear what the charges were or who the target was, the source said, adding that the indictment could be unsealed as early as Monday.
The filing of charges by the grand jury in Washington was first reported earlier on Friday by CNN, which said the target could be taken into custody as soon as Monday.
U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russia interfered in the election to try to help President Donald Trump defeat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton through a campaign of hacking and releasing embarrassing emails, and disseminating propaganda via social media to discredit her campaign.
Special counsel Robert Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is investigating whether Trump campaign officials colluded with those Russian efforts.
This is the Reuters version of what CNN had earlier this evening. So, it's official. The 45th President of the United States of America is presiding over a vast criminal enterprise that has landed in the crosshairs of Robert Mueller. Everything you have seen this week--from the non-revelation that the Democrats linked to Hillary paid for the Steele Dossier to the phony non-scandal about uranium sales--has been in reaction to this absolute bombshell of a story.
Trump is a failed president.
Trump's 'regime' is in chaos tonight. The fiasco unravels a little more with each passing day.
Someone very close to Trump already knows that the Feds are coming on Monday, and there's nothing they can do about it.
This is what we've been waiting for, and it took long enough, Goddammit.