Grand Jury Issues Subpoenas in Widening Russia Probe

Katrina Barker
August 5, 2017

President Trump fires back at the ongoing special counsel investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. This step is "a sign that the inquiry is growing in intensity", the newspaper said.

After hearing witness testimonies in secret, grand juries decide whether or not to officially accuse a criminal defendant and force that person to stand trial. It can issue subpoenas for documents, and witnesses who testify are under oath and can be prosecuted for not being truthful. It was not clear what evidence the grand jury might be accumulating, or what witnesses might appear before it. "The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller" he said.

"Inside the White House, it's not just the potential legal jeopardy that has officials concerned; it's how President Trump might react to news that his and his family's finances are under investigation - and the political and legal consequences that could ensue from a Trump backlash against the news", said The Daily Beast.

Noticeably missing from that response was any possibility the leak was fake, and noticeably present was Conway's presentation of the grand jury as a fact.

"The White House favours anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly".

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".

There is no need for a grand jury in a counterintelligence probe.

As several former federal prosecutors told me, the grand jury is significant because it means that Mueller is in the midst of a "predicated" criminal investigation.

"Congress must uphold its duty to defend the Constitution and investigate President Trumps financial dealings", he said.

Stephen Colbert also discussed the latest development in the special counsel investigation.

In West Virginia, Trump concluded a five-minute riff on Russian Federation with a caustic jab at Democrats who allege that he had an unfair leg up - from a United States enemy - to defeat Clinton in last year's presidential election.

"The Russia story is a total fabrication", Trump said.

"They can't beat us at the voting booths so they are trying to cheat you out of the future and the future that you want", the President told the crowd, during a vintage performance in the heart of Trump country, Huntington, West Virginia.

But it's not just Democrats raising the issue. Earlier on Thursday, the U.S. Senate introduced two bills with the express aim to limit the ability of Trump to sack the special prosecutor the way he had sacked James Comey the FBI Director when he started investigating deeply into the connection of Trump's team with Russian Federation.

A second, generally similar, measure was introduced by Republican Senator Thom Tillis and Democratic Senator Chris Coons. That probe has since been taken over by Mueller.

Mueller has largely removed the original prosecutors from the case, replacing them with a formidable collection of legal talent and expertise in prosecuting national security, fraud and public corruption cases, arguing matters before the Supreme Court and assessing complicated legal questions.

According to the survey, if Trump were to fire Mueller, an even greater percentage of Americans, 67%, would support having Congress establish a special prosecutor whom Trump could not fire.

US President Trump has poured refuted on any suggestion his team colluded with the Kremlin to beat Hillary Clinton.

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