Inquiry into Trump and Russian Federation ramps up with appointment of Grand Jury

US dollar and stocks wobble on report Mueller is setting up grand jury for Russia probe

Won't Back Down! Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly issued subpoenas to appear before the grand jury that he has convened to probe a meeting that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and others had with a Russian lawyer in June 2016.

Lamenting poor relations with Russia, Trump sniped over Twitter on Thursday, "You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!"

Trump's defiant yet calibrated message followed significant breaking news on Thursday over Mueller's probe into allegations of collusion between Trump campaign aides and Moscow, that once again electrified Washington.

Before Mr. Mueller was appointed to oversee the Russian Federation probe, a grand jury was assembled in Alexandria, Virginia to consider evidence against former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Furthermore, the fact that Trump appears to have committed obstruction of justice, firing the director of the FBI for investigating Russia and counseling his son to lie about his meeting with a Russian lawyer, would put him and his inner circle in legal jeopardy regardless of whether his involvement with Russia was illegal. It's not clear whether the Washington grand jury has begun hearing from witnesses.

The Republican president on May 9 fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the investigation.

"It's like picking up a blind date and the first thing they say is, 'Hey, I need some condoms, '" Colbert joked. In the USA, they are normally made up of about 16 to 23 members of the public rather than the usual 12, hence "grand" jury.

US President Trump has poured refuted on any suggestion his team colluded with the Kremlin to beat Hillary Clinton. He steers into risky waters rather than taking the safe course.

Logically, the argument doesn't make much sense.

"[Trump] has gone up to the line of and flirted with the idea of firing [officials], including Sessions", one Trump adviser said.

"This reflects, in my view, a broader bipartisan concern that the president may take inappropriate action to interfere with the ongoing, important work of Bob Mueller", Mr Coons told reporters.




Through any conventional lens, this is a bad strategy that leaves Trump open to political and legal peril.

He then teased "live footage" of Trump reacting to the news, before cutting to a clip of O.J. Simpson's infamous white Bronco vehicle chase.

So Republican senators leave Washington with simmering tensions between them and the White House now out in public for all to see. It is possible Mueller is using an existing grand jury.

"The White House favours anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly". "The White House is committed to fully coöperating with Mr. Mueller".

President Donald Trump's White House staff are living in dread that the hot-headed president will lash out at Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in ways that will only make the already complicated situation even more hard.

President Trump has repeatedly called the investigation into Russian interference, and the alleged connections between his campaign and Russian figures, a "witch hunt".

Clapper also expressed outrage that transcripts of Trump's phone calls with Mexico's President and Australia's Prime Minister were leaked. Trump adds that the wall has created a "political problem".

The impanelment of a new grand jury means that he can subpoena documents, put witnesses under oath, and seek indictments if necessary.

"It is the end of the beginning", said CNN's Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin on CNN's "Erin Burnett Out Front".

NBC has not independently confirmed the existence of this grand jury - but we have reported on two others, looking into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the president's former campaign chair Paul Manafort.

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