Friday, August 4, 2017

Mueller impanels grand jury in Russian probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury as part of his investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia in last year’s election, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.
According to the Huffington Post, the report follows Mueller stepping up the probe by hiring several high-powered lawyers. Reuters reported earlier this week that Greg Andres, a former Justice Department attorney who specialized in corruption and bribery cases, joined the investigation.
Grand jury subpoenas related to a meeting attended by Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, and a Russian lawyer have been issued, sources told Reuters. Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting after being promised information that would “incriminate” his father’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, and was part of the Russian government’s effort to benefit Trump.
A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that Mueller was investigating whether anyone at the meeting or affiliated with the Trump campaign encouraged Russia to release damaging material it had collected on Clinton. Another told the outlet that Mueller was trying to determine if Trump had been informed of the meeting ahead of time, or if he was briefed after it took place. 
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