No comment from White House on reports of indictment in Mueller probe
The White House offered no response Saturday to reports that an indictment has been filed in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to CNN.
CNN was the first to report on Friday night that the first charges had been filed in the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller, the former director of the FBI. Reuters and the Wall Street Journal later reported the same thing.
The documents are reportedly sealed, so it remains unclear who was charged and what is being alleged, but someone could be taken into custody as early as Monday.
A senior administration official declined to comment to CNN on Saturday morning on the possible indictment.
Mueller’s team is investigating Russian efforts to influence the election and "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.” This includes the possibility of collusion between people associated with President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives.
Intelligence agencies believe the Russian government was behind the leaking of hacked emails from accounts belonging to the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta prior to the election. Kremlin-backed internet trolls are also alleged to have disseminated propaganda and fake news stories on social media aimed at sowing chaos in the U.S. and damaging Clinton's campaign.
Although few details about the investigation have been confirmed publicly, media reports have indicated that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn have come under scrutiny. It is not yet known if the target of the reported indictment has any connection to the campaign.
Trump and his aides have adamantly denied any cooperation with Russia. The president has frequently dismissed Mueller’s investigation as a “witch hunt” or a “hoax” intended to give Democrats an excuse for losing the election, and his allies have recently demanded that Mueller step down.
Trump was silent on the matter on Twitter on Saturday morning. Amid the initial reports of an indictment Friday, he tweeted out a video alleging that Clinton’s campaign came closer to colluding with the Russians than his did.