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AUGUST 5, 2017
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russias meddling in the 2016 election, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The move is seen as a sign the investigation into election interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign is heating up and entering a new phase. Reuters also reported that grand jury subpoenas have been issued in connection with the meeting Donald Trump Jr. had with a Russian lawyer and others last year.
Russia has denied having a hand in the U.S. presidential election. President Trump, too, has strongly denied allegations of collusion and has frequently called the investigation a witch hunt. Grand juries allow prosecutors to subpoena documents and get witness testimony on the record. They also can seek indictments. Ty Cobb, special counsel to the president, told Fox News on Thursday he wasnt aware that Mueller had impaneled a new grand jury but said, "We favor anything that brings this investigation to a swift conclusion." Cobb also told reporters that, "Grand jury matters are typically secret," and the White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller."
Trump attorney Jay Sekulow downplayed the significance
of the grand jury, calling it "a standard operating procedure when you've
got a situation like this." All the truths and facts will come out
- remember, you can indict a ham sandwich.