Why the Trump-Russia indictments are being kept secret - for now

Writing on his personal Twitter account Friday, Fox News host Sean Hannity offered a theory about what he believes is really behind Friday's report at CNN that said FBI special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation had yielded its first indictment. The people facing charges, it said, could be taken into custody as early as Monday. We don't know yet who has been charged or what the charges are; the outlet says they're sealed under an order from a federal judge.

Mueller was appointed in May to investigate whether the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russian government during the election. The appointment came shortly after Trump abruptly fired then-FBI Director James Comey, who testified before Congress that the president pressured him to end the investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. There was also that whole Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer, meaning Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner are still in play here as well.

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Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment to Reuters about the CNN report on Friday.

The Kremlin has also denied the claims.

President Trump had been repeatedly frustrated by the investigation since entering office, calling the probe a "witch hunt" and denying any collusion with Moscow.

The timing of the CNN exclusive is curious, as it comes just hours after Fox News published a story entitled, "Mueller facing new Republican pressure to resign in Russian Federation probe", quoting Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), who reiterated his call for Mueller to step down, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former federal prosecutor, who'd gone on "Fox & Friends" on Friday morning to call for Mueller to step aside because of a conflict of interest.

Russia has repeatedly denied United States intelligence agencies' conclusions that Moscow meddled in the election and Trump has denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian officials.

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