inside America: First charges filed in US special Russia probe: CNN

WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, CNN reported, citing sources briefed on the matter.

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 04: Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) (R) and committee Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-VA) hold a news conference on the status of the committee’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election at the U.S. Capitol October 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. The senators said their investigation is continuing and that they trust the conclusions of the Obama Administration’s intelligence community assessment (ICA). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The charges are sealed under orders from a federal judge, and it was not clear what the charges were, CNN said, adding that anyone facing charges 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.

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