Mueller impanels grand jury in Russian Federation probe

Marie Harrington
August 5, 2017

In Dubai, more than 40 floors of the 86-story Torch Tower have burned on one side of the building, an Associated Press journalist near the scene of the blaze said.

Trump spent months vigorously denying there was any collusion with Russian Federation at all.

Three U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation worked to tilt the presidential election in Trump's favor, but have failed to present evidence for that claim.

Mueller has been investigating possible collusion between Trump associates and Russians who sought to influence last year's election by hacking Democrats.

On Thursday, Trump ignored a reporter's shouted questions about whether he meant to fire Mueller, but the president has consistently called the probe a witch hunt and objected to reports Mueller may expand his probe to include his personal finances.

"I think that's a misjudging of why we have a bad problem with Russian Federation".

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"With a grand jury, Mueller can compel witnesses to testify and collect documents that are central to the investigation". The Wall Street Journal earlier reported a grand jury was impaneled.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment for this article.

In the United States legal system, grand juries are set up to consider whether evidence in any case is strong enough for indictments to be issued for a criminal trial.

NBC has not independently confirmed the existence of this grand jury - but we have reported on two others, looking into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the president's former campaign chair Paul Manafort.

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Trump's answer was clear, as he previewed a political strategy created to question Mueller's legitimacy, suggesting his investigation was a tool of the establishment that is still smarting from Hillary Clinton's election loss. Could be anybody that's on the grand jury.

Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. Media coverage of an investigation tends to rely on the people most at liberty to discuss it.

During an interview on CNN's "Erin Burnett Outfront", Clapper, who led the intelligence community's assessment on Russian interference in the election, questioned Trump's ability to establish any red line, contending, "I'm not sure how someone who is under potential investigation draws red lines and says that certain aspects are out of bounds, I don't know how that works".

"President's outside counsel has not received any requests for documentation or information about this".

"Grand jury matters are typically secret", Cobb said. The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly. "The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mueller", he said. Numerous potential crimes Mueller's team is investigating would have occurred in the District, such as allegations that Trump aides or advisers made false statements in disclosure records or lied to federal agents.

Also, a second bipartisan bill was introduced in the senate that would "protect" the investigation, making it harder for President Trump to fire Mueller.

Sekulow denied that was Trump's plan.

"Let me remind everyone what the president has said about this", said Conway.

"I think how the president moves now into the next issues we deal with is really important", said Sen.

Trump's defiant yet calibrated message followed significant breaking news on Thursday over Mueller's probe into allegations of collusion between Trump campaign aides and Moscow, that once again electrified Washington.

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