Opponents and allies of US President Donald Trump were eagerly awaiting official confirmation of the first indictment in the Russian case, investigated by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.
In a series of tweets, Trump again denounced a “witch hunt” and refuted any “collusion” with Russia during last year’s presidential campaign.
“All this history of Russia just when the Republicans are pushing for a historic reform and tax cut, is it a coincidence?” Trump wrote on his go to forum called Twitter..
President Cobb’s attorney said in a message to CNN and Fox News that the tweets “had nothing to do with the special prosecutor’s activities, with whom he continues to cooperate.”
CNN, and later by other media groups, revealed that on Friday Mr. Mueller’s team will file charges and arrest at least one person on Monday.
Democratic Senator Adam Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he was not informed, but he mentioned two people close to Trump who often appear in the press: former campaign head Paul Manafort and his National Security adviser Michael Flynn, who had contacts as lobbyists with foreign countries, including Russia.
Since then, no official has either confirmed or denied this information, and it is unknown who this person is.
New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie, a Trump ally, said in the press that “the president is not under investigation, no one has told him he was.”
You could refer to statements by former FBI director James Comey, who testified before the Senate after his dismissal in May that Trump was not the subject of the investigation.
“Whatever happens, this is just the beginning,” said Sen. Angus King, a Democrat, on CNN. He added that Mueller is “a professional” who “will take the facts wherever they lead”.
The charges Monday will mark a new stage in the searches conducted by Mueller, appointed in May to lead an independent investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign and establish whether or not there was collusion with the Republican candidate’s team.
This investigation is different from those undertaken by several congressional commissions in the past.
Trump, backed by many Republicans and part of the conservative world, undertook a counterattack against the Democrats and Hillary Clinton, of collusion with Russia during the sale of Uranium One to the Russian public group Rosatom in 2010.
Likewise, the revelation that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party funded a private investigation into Trump, compiled into an explosive report, sent rivers of ink into the conservative camp.
“I’ve never seen so much anger and Republican unity for the lack of investigation into Clinton’s false report … the sale of uranium to Russia, the 33,000 e-mails that were removed, the Comey affair, and many other things,” Trump wrote on Twitter, listing the various cases involving his outspoken Democrat.
“There’s so much Democrats and Clinton blame, and now the facts are talking. DO SOMETHING! “He added in another tweet.
Other sectors believe that the leaking of information to CNN on Friday about the imminence of a formal indictment is a scandal in itself and merits investigation.
And some Republicans, for the moment isolated, even called for Mueller’s resignation, accused of being too close to James Comey.
Christie warned Sunday that the prosecutor should be “very, very careful”.
Meanwhile, Democrats have warned that if Trump fired Mueller, or issued preventive pardons to anyone trapped in his network, he would be crossing the line.