US probe into Russian election meddling gains pace

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US special counsel Robert Mueller has charged at least one person in the sprawling probe over Russian interference in last year’s presidential vote, marking the start of a new judicial phase.

Details of the first charges as well as the target remain unclear at this stage, but CNN confirmed with several sources briefed on the matter that a federal grand jury on Friday had approved them — and arrests could take place as early as Monday. At least one person is in the legal crosshairs, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Mueller, a former FBI director, was tapped in May to head the Russia probe shortly after Trump’s shock sacking of then-FBI director James Comey.

Until then the FBI had been conducting a probe it launched in July 2016.

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