Mueller calls grand jury in 'Russia' probe

Trump says ties with Russia at 'all-time low,' blames Congress

Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday - an important step toward potential criminal charges.

The newspaper, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, reported that the grand jury had begun its work in the US capital Washington "in recent weeks". A grand jury is a very powerful investigative tool that permits prosecutors to issue subpoenas for records, compel the turning over of such records and to take testimony from witnesses under oath. If your client is a so-called person of interest or potential target, never, ever allow him to testify before the grand jury.

News of the grand jury came as senators introduced two bipartisan bills aimed at protecting Mueller from being fired by Trump, with both parties signaling resistance to any White House effort to derail the investigation into Russian meddling in last year's election.

And it seems they're going to be looking at a lot more than that because if it was just Flynn, they would just be using the same grand jury.

Trump has denied his campaign colluded with Russia to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, referring to Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt".

The Wall Street Journal reported that Joshua Stueve, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment. It went viral after it was linked on Twitter by WikiLeaks.

The legislation, sponsored by Democrat Chris Coons and Republican Thom Tillis, would bar a president from directly firing the special counsel without a judicial review.

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Even if the prosecutor can't prove that your client committed the crime supposedly being investigated, he will be charged with obstruction of justice or some similar offense for providing false information to agents or false swearing.

The only prosecutor known to have stayed was Brandon Van Grack, a national security division prosecutor whose name was on the subpoena connected to Flynn.

Brent crude futures slipped 0.4 percent to $52.17 per barrel, still not far from Wednesday's high of $52.93, its highest level in 10 weeks. He is the White House counsel for the president - special counsel for the president. You don't leave your private sector job in the legal community where you're making a lot of money to join, like, kind of an effort in a government that's going to last a couple of months or that's not going to go anywhere.

"The stock markets are supported by steady growth in earnings", said Mutsumi Kagawa, chief global strategist at Rakuten Securities, noting steady growth in forward earnings in the United States, Japan and elsewhere.

Meanwhile, lawyers for President Donald Trump said they were unaware of the existence of a grand jury and had no information to suggest the president himself was under federal investigation. Members of the president's legal team met with Mueller three weeks ago to express their desire to work with his investigators. "It's just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics".

Hersh did not disavow what he said about the Russia collusion narrative. The special counsel's office is located in southwest D.C. - much closer to the federal courthouse in the city than the one in Alexandria, Virginia.

Hersh accused former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and current NSA Director Michael Rogers of peddling "disinformation".

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