TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: A grand jury has been impaneled in Washington by special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Trump-Russia collusion, a sign that Muellers probe is entering a new phase of increased intensity according to people familiar with the matter who spoke to Del Quentin Wilber and Byron Tau at the Wall Street Journal.

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A grand jury has been impaneled in Washington by special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Trump-Russia collusion, a sign that Muellers probe is entering a new phase of increased intensity according to people familiar with the matter who spoke to Del Quentin Wilber and Byron Tau at the Wall Street Journal.

Mueller has not impaneled a new grand jury, according to several lawyers involved in the case, but he has issued subpoenas from a pre-existing Washington-based grand jury in recent weeks, at least some of which were for documents related to the business dealings of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Matt Apuzzo reports at the New York Times.

Subpoenas in connection with a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and others in President Trumps inner circle and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya have also been issued by Muellers grand jury, Reuters Karen Freifeld and John Walcott report.

There were no Russians in our campaign, President Trump told a rally in Huntingdon, West Virginia, yesterday, insisting that Mueller and his team were trying to cheat you out of the leadership that you want with a fake story. David Smith reports at the Guardian.

A measure that would bar the president from directly firing any special counsel that would apply retroactively to cover special counsel Robert Muellers appointment in May will be introduced by Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) next week in an effort to protect Mueller, Tom LoBianco reports at CNN.

President Trump is not considering firing Mueller, Trumps attorney Jay Sekulow said yesterday, John Bowden reporting at the Hill.

The federal probe into alleged Trump-Russia collusion has expanded to focus on possible financial crimes, including some leads unrelated to Russia but involving people close to the president, CNNs Evan Perez, Pamela Brown and Shimon Prokupecz report.

News that Mueller has impaneled a grand jury isnt a nothing-burger, but it doesnt suggest anything new. Grand juries are how federal prosecutors conduct their investigations, having the subpoena power that prosecutors require to compel reluctant witnesses to testify and gather documentary evidence, explains Randall D. Eliason at the Washington Post.

People are leaping to conclusions following the news that Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in his investigation into Trump-Russia collusion, including that this means that President Trump is about to be charged with committing a felony pursuant to the U.S. Constitution but merely impaneling a grand jury, which has the power to issue an indictment, doesnt mean that Mueller will ultimately seek an indictment, former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti cautions at POLITICO MAGAZINE.


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