Mueller impanels grand jury, taking serious step in Russia investigation

Mueller impanels grand jury, taking serious step in Russia investigation

Mueller impanels grand jury, taking serious step in Russia investigation

Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, recently impaneled a grand jury as part of the probe, several news outlets reported on Thursday.

A Washington grand jury is said to be among the resources special counsel Robert Mueller is using in the investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump has denied his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, referring to Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt".

In fact, according to Reuters, the grand jury has already issued subpoenas related to the meeting Donald Trump Jr. had with Russian lawyers in June 2016.

Major arms of the United States intelligence community determined last fall that the Russian government was involved in attempts to influence the results of the U.S. election. It's unclear if it's using the same grand jury from an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn or an entirely different one.

Asked about the subpoenas, Sekulow said, "I'm hearing what you're hearing".

Collins' remarks come a day after the Wall Street Journal and Reuters reported that Mueller has convened a grand jury and begun issuing subpoenas in Washington, D.C.

Prosecutors use grand juries to compel witnesses to hand over relevant documentation and to testify before the counsel.

The legislation comes as Trump has repeatedly lashed out against Mueller's investigation.

In May Robert Mueller, a former director of the FBI, was assigned to the investigation.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) probably also pushed the president's buttons today when he introduced legislation making it harder for him to fire Mueller.

"The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly", Cobb said, noting the White House is "committed to fully cooperating" with Mueller.

A grand jury is a group of ordinary citizens who, working behind closed doors, consider evidence and potential criminal wrongdoing that a prosecutor is investigating and decide on whether charges should be brought.

"Grand jury matters are typically secret", Ty Cobb, who started this week as Trump's new special counsel, said in a statement released to reporters by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

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