Special Counsel Robert Mueller Impanels Grand Jury in Russia Investigation

US dollar and stocks wobble on report Mueller is setting up grand jury for Russia probe

Trump also asked Comey to pledge loyalty to him, a request the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director declined. I don't. They said I made money from Russian Federation.

He has also dismissed Mueller's inquiry as a "witch-hunt". Allies of the administration have also accused the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who is widely respected in Washington, of being too biased to lead the probe.

President Trump is not a fan of Mueller's probe. It was unclear what Mueller's rationale was for convening a grand jury at this point.

Collins, who's been on the committee that has spearheaded a Senate investigation into the election that's separate from that of Mueller, said the special counsel "should follow the leads wherever they may be".

Brandon Van Grack, a former Alexandria prosecutor now working for Mueller, signed the subpoenas and has been leading the investigation into Flynn.

Grand juries can be the first step in a criminal trial and are generally reserved for serious felonies, but the impaneling of a grand jury does not mean someone is being charged with a crime.

"He wouldn't be doing this if it were winding down", Zeno said.

In an interview with a trio of NYT reporters at the White House last month, President Trump was asked if Mueller looking at his family finances would cross a "red line" of some sort: "I would say yes", the president replied, calling it "a violation" as the probe is about Russian Federation. Zeno also pointed to Mueller's hiring of a NY attorney and former top Justice Department official Greg Andres.

Meanwhile senators have introduced two bipartisan bills aimed at protecting Mueller from being fired by the president.

"A back-end judicial review process to prevent unmerited removals of special counsels not only helps to ensure their investigatory independence, but also reaffirms our nation's system of check and balances", Tillis said in a statement.

This particular meeting has come under fire since it was revealed that it was scheduled after Russian Federation promised to provide the Trump campaign with damaging information on then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Ty Cobb, a member of Mr. Trump's legal team, said he was unaware of the existence of the grand jury until he was notified by the Journal, noting "grand jury matters are typically kept secret".

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