Special counsel Robert Mueller has convened a grand jury in Washington to investigate allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly tapping a federal grand jury in Washington to advance the federal investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election, a sign the probe is intensifying and could go on for months or years.
The move would give Mueller, a former FBI director, broad authority to subpoena documents and compel witnesses to testify under oath.
Mueller has been investigating possible collusion between Trump associates and Russians who sought to influence last year’s election by hacking Democrats. The probe’s expansion is also virtually sure to incense President Trump, who is already furious with the Russia investigation he calls a “witch hunt.”
The Wall Street Journal, which broke the story Thursday, reported that the grand jury began working in recent weeks. The panel has issued subpoenas relating to the controversial June 2016 meeting between the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian lawyer, Reuters reported.
Last month, Trump Jr. released emails showing he arranged the meeting in the hopes of obtaining damaging information about his father’s election opponent Hillary Clinton – even after he was told it would come from the Russian government.
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