Mueller's Investigation into Paul Manafort Robert Mueller's First Charges The special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation reportedly obtained a sealed indictment on Friday. Andrew Harnik / AP MATT FORD AND ADAM SERWER OCT 27, 2017 It’s the end of the beginning for the Russia investigation. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has reportedly filed the first criminal charges as part of the sprawling inquiry into Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, CNN reported Friday night. The Investigation into Paul Manafort After taking command of the investigation, Mueller absorbed a series of parallel federal inquiries, including on into Flynn’s lobbying payments from Turkey and another into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s business dealings in Ukraine. Mueller is also reportedly investigating whether Trump committed obstruction of justice by firing Comey, as well as the nature of Donald Trump Jr.’s July 2016 meeting with Russian nationals who claimed to have damaging information about Clinton. With so many lines of inquiry, it’s impossible to know who could be facing federal authorities on Monday With so many lines of inquiry, it’s impossible to know who could be facing federal authorities on Monday. In September, the Times reported that prosecutors on Mueller’s team told Manafort in August that he would be indicted during an early-morning raid at his Virginia home. Manafort, for his part, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing before or during the election. In addition to all those topics, Rosenstein also authorized Mueller to pursue “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.” That would include the discovery of crimes unrelated to Russia, such as tax-related offenses that may be unearthed during a financial probe. Interfering in the investigation by lying to federal investigators or committing perjury before the grand jury would also fall under the terms of Rosenstein’s original letter. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/robert-mueller-sealed-indictment/544292/ .