Trump whips up sup­port­ers

Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller launches grand jury

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller is us­ing a grand jury in Wash­ing­ton as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into po­ten­tial co-or­di­na­tion be­tween the Trump cam­paign and Rus­sia, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the probe says.

The use of a grand jury, a stan­dard prose­cu­tion tool in crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions, sug­gests that Mueller and his team of in­ves­ti­ga­tors are likely to hear from wit­nesses and de­mand doc­u­ments in the com­ing weeks and months.

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.

The Wall Street Jour­nal first re­ported the use of a grand jury.

Grand ju­ries are com­mon ve­hi­cles to sub­poena wit­nesses and records and to present ev­i­dence, though they do not sug­gest any crim­i­nal charges are near or will nec­es­sar­ily be sought. It was not im­me­di­ately clear how or whether the Wash­ing­ton grand jury was con­nected to the work of a sep­a­rate one in Alexan­dria, Va. That panel has been used to gather in­for­ma­tion on Michael Flynn, Trump’s for­mer na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser.

A spokesman for Mueller’s team did not re­turn an email seek­ing com­ment.

“We won. Move on!” Trump de­manded in a tweet posted early Fri­day, a day af­ter he lev­elled a host of broad­sides against Democrats and in­ves­ti­ga­tors at a rally in Hunt­ing­ton, W.Va.

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump speaks about the U.S. role in the Paris cli­mate change ac­cord in the Rose Gar­den of the White House in Wash­ing­ton in June.

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