Robert Mueller Impanels Grand Jury In Russia Investigation

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The Wall Street Journal, citing two unnamed people familiar with the matter, said the grand jury started its work in "recent weeks" and is a sign that Mueller's inquiry into Russia's efforts to influence the election and whether it colluded with Donald Trump's presidential campaign is "ramping up".

The establishment of a grand jury will allow Mueller - a former FBI director - to subpoena documents and get sworn testimony.

And it seems they're going to be looking at a lot more than that because if it was just Flynn, they would just be using the same grand jury. They put them before the grand jury, and then they craft a case for the grand jury. Many of the 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. We learned that detail today from The Wall Street Journal, and reporter Del Quentin Wilber joins us now.

Two US senators introduced a bipartisan bill Thursday to pre-empt that move by insulating Mueller.

Trying to build support among his core supporters, he said his enemies were "trying to cheat you out of the leadership you want with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most importantly, demeaning to our country and demeaning to our constitution".

While it is uncertain how long Mueller's investigation will last, University of Texas law professor Stephen I. Vladeck contends that Mueller's impaneling of a grand jury indicates that the special counsel is intent on engaging in a series of prosecutions. The person who confirmed to The Associated Press that Mueller had turned to a grand jury was not authorized to discuss the investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

That team has been working at an undisclosed location in Washington, so presenting evidence inside a federal courthouse in the city could be more convenient for the group of investigators than working out of Alexandria. "They've looked at the backgrounds of Russian business associates connected to Trump surrounding the 2013 Miss Universe pageant".

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Ty Cobb, special counsel to the president, said he wasn't aware that Mueller had impaneled a grand jury.

Under the regulations, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is the government official empowered to fire Mueller under limited circumstances, such as conflict of interest and dereliction of duty.

It's unclear why Mueller chose to use a panel in the District, although there are practical reasons to do so.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was not likely the subject of the investigation. And you know, we don't know anything about it because it's secret.

Hersh did not disavow what he said about the Russia collusion narrative.

On the recording, the reporter called the entire story that the Trump presidential campaign and transition team colluded with Russia "a Brennan operation".

Hersh accused former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and current NSA Director Michael Rogers of peddling "disinformation".

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"With Trump they're gone. You know, they're done - they're going to live on their pensions, they're not going to make it".

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