Robert Mueller Impanels Grand Jury in DC 2017/08/03

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Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to issue subpoenas and compel witness testimony as he probes Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Robert Mueller impanels Grand Jury in Washington DC. Robert Mueller caricature APT

“In a case like this, where you have a lot of documents that are going be necessary, grand jury subpoenas are a pretty early phenomenon,” said Philip Allen Lacovara, a former U.S. deputy solicitor general who served as counsel to Watergate special prosecutors.

The grand jury is sitting in Washington and has been active for several weeks, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Donald trump told thousands of supporters at a rally in Huntingdon, West Virginia “Democrat lawmakers will have to decide. They can continue their obsession with the Russian hoax, or they can serve the interests of the American people,”

“They are trying to cheat you out of the leadership you want with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most importantly demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution,” he said. “I just hope that the final determination is a truly honest one, which is what the millions of people who gave us our big win in November deserve.”

Donald trump rally in Huntingdon, West Virginia - They are trying to cheat you out of the leadership you want with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us. Donald Trump caricature APT

Reuters reported that the special counsel has already used the grand jury to subpoena records related to Donald Trump Jnr, and his meeting with Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya during the presidential campaign.

Grand juries conduct their work in secret, with news of their actions typically breaking only when they return criminal indictments. Prosecutors ask grand juries to consider whether there is evidence to indict someone of a crime, the impanelment of a grand jury not an indication that an indictment is likely or imminent.

Jay Sekulow, an attorney for Trump, said a grand jury was not a cause for alarm.

“With respect to the impaneling of the grand jury, we have no reason to believe that the president is under investigation,” he said in a statement to The Washington Times.

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