(National Sentinel) Special Counsel: On Friday, CNN reported exclusively that special counsel Robert Mueller went before the grand jury empaneled to hear evidence regarding alleged “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia has recommended charging at least one person.
But what some observers are wondering is how CNN got the exclusive in the first place, though it’s clear why the network was chosen — it’s historic opposition to the Trump administration, and especially the president himself, they noted.
As reported by Grabien News, the Mueller investigation’s first act appears to be leaking to a preferred media outlet.
The news network reports:
A federal grand jury in Washington, DC, on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.
The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.
A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment.
As of this time, every other media outlet reporting on the story is sourcing it back to CNN.
The network also reported tonight that typically the subjects of grand jury charges are notified immediately, but in this case, neither any subjects nor their attorneys, have been notified, Grabian News noted.
CNN, meanwhile, also did not disclose who affiliated with the Muller probe offered these new developments. The report began with a reference to “sources briefed on the matter,” however, as so often before when it comes to reporting bad news regarding the Trump administration, the network did not provide any further insight into the sources.
This is troubling, some observers note, because last week Mueller came under increased pressure to resign after media reports noted that while he was FBI director in 2009 and the bureau discovered evidence of corruption and lawbreaking by Russian operatives in working on the Uranium One deal, he failed to disclose the evidence to Congress and other appropriate parties.
That means he’s not a disinterested observer on matters related to the FBI’s reputation investigating Russia.
Last week The Wall Street Journal called on Mueller to recuse himself from the portion of his investigation that involves alleged Russian collusion.
But that wasn’t the time Mueller has been called out over potential bias. In June former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Mueller “should recuse himself” from anything pertaining to President Donald J. Trump or Mueller’s successor at the FBI, James Comey, whom Trump fired earlier this year for incompetence.
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