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First charges filed in US special counsel’s Russia investigation: source

WASHINGTON: A federal grand jury on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters. The indictment was sealed under orders from a federal judge so it was not clear what the charges were or who the target was, the source said, adding that it could be unsealed as early as Monday. The filing of charges by the grand jury in Washington was first reported on Friday by CNN, which said the target could be…

Trump decries Russia probe as ‘greatest witch hunt’ in US history

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday blasted the probe into whether his team colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 election in his favor as the "greatest witch hunt" in US history. His comment on Twitter came after former FBI chief Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel with sweeping powers to head the probe. This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2017 "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in…