Inquiry into Trump and Russian Federation ramps up with appointment of Grand Jury

Inquiry into Trump and Russian Federation ramps up with appointment of Grand Jury

Inquiry into Trump and Russian Federation ramps up with appointment of Grand Jury

He has for months insisted that reports about links to Russian Federation are fake news and told a rally of supporters in West Virginia on Thursday night that "they're trying to cheat you out of the leadership that you want with a fake story".

It's unclear whether Mueller impaneled a new grand jury or is using an existing one.

Meyers went on to explain the Wall Street Journal's report, which represents a major development in Robert Mueller's investigation into potential collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. It will look into links between the Trump team and Russian Federation to influence the White House election and whether there has been any subsequent attempt to obstruct justice. In the USA, they are normally made up of about 16 to 23 members of the public rather than the usual 12, hence "grand" jury. The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director made headlines earlier in the day when it was revealed that he had impaneled a new grand jury to lead the probe.

Grand juries are common vehicles to subpoena witnesses and records and to present evidence, though they do not suggest any criminal charges are near or will necessarily be sought.

But that defiant posture is becoming harder to sustain as Mueller's investigation grows both in seriousness and scope.

Conway, however, said that "really what should concern everyone are those leaks that imperil national security", such as the leaks of President Donald Trump's phone calls with the president of Mexico and Australia's prime minister, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

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The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Russia's election meddling, said news that Mueller has impaneled a grand jury "suggests his work is proceeding".

Prosecutors use grand juries to compel witnesses to hand over relevant documentation and to testify before the counsel. "Most people know there were no Russians in our campaign".

Convening a grand jury does not signal that indictments are imminent or that Mueller has concluded there has been wrongdoing. The White House has every interest in bringing this to a prompt and fair conclusion.

Congressman Jimmy Gomez said the reports of Mueller impanelling a grand jury demonstrates that there are serious questions about foreign adversaries trying to gain influence through the financial interests of the USA president, his family members, and other associates.

Mueller's grand jury has issued subpoenas relating to the Trump Jr. meeting. At the same time, several Republicans in the US Senate are reportedly filing legislation meant to prevent Trump (and/or future Presidents) from being able to fire a Special Counsel established by the Department of Justice without judicial review.

Wilber was asked about efforts in Congress to protect Mueller from being fired by the White House. Not long after we got off air last night, Iran declared that the new sanctions "violated" the deal.

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