Russian investigation goes up a gear with grand jury
SPECIAL counsel Robert Mueller has empaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday – a step toward possible criminal indictments.
The newspaper, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, reported the grand jury had begun its work in the US capital Washington “in recent weeks”.
The move is a sign that the sweeping federal investigation – which includes allegations that Trump campaign officials coordinated with Russia to tilt the election in the Republican’s favour – is gathering pace. The establishment of a grand jury will allow Mr Mueller – a former FBI director – to subpoena documents and get sworn testimony. It could lead to criminal indictments.
“It’s a significant escalation of the process,” national security attorney Bradley Moss said.
President Donald Trump said he hoped for a “truly honest” outcome from the Russia investigation that has consumed the opening months of his presidency.
Mr Trump has repeatedly denied allegations of collusion, saying he is the victim of a political “witch hunt” and “fake news”.
Mr Mueller ( pictured) is also said to be investigating financial records of Trump associates unrelated to Russia or the election, CNN reported.