A federal grand jury has approved the first charges in the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The indictment was sealed by a federal judge after they had been approved by a grand jury in Washington. The targets of the indictment could be taken into custody as soon as Monday. US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered with the US election in an attempt to get Donald Trump elected.
On May 17th Rod Rosenstein the Deputy Attorney General said, “If the Special Counsel finds it necessary and appropriate, the Special Counsel is authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters.”
Using those broad powers links between Trump aides and foreign governments as well as possible money laundering, tax evasion and other financial crimes were investigated. Trump has denied allegations that his campaign colluded with Russians and condemned investigations into the matter as “a witch hunt”. The Kremlin has also denied the allegations.