US special counsel Mueller assembles grand jury over Russia probe

Mueller enlists grand jury in Russia probe, reports say

Because of the sensitive nature of the information it's reviewing, the investigation is shrouded in mystery.

"Grand jury matters are typically secret", Cobb said, adding that "the White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was not likely the subject of the investigation.

John Dowd, Trump's lead outside attorney, said he had not been made aware of the Washington panel's involvement prior to the published report.

Trying to build support among his core supporters, he said his enemies were "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".

Jim Justice says he's switching parties to join the Republicans as President Donald Trump visited the increasingly conservative state. But at a Thursday night rally in West Virginia, he continued to characterize the overall investigation as a hoax.

"You don't impanel a grand jury unless your investigation has discovered enough evidence that you feel reflects a violation of at least one, if not more, criminal provisions", he said.

Trump says they spoke a few weeks ago about working together to open coal mines and create jobs in furniture manufacturing and other forms of manufacturing.

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Tehran says its missile program does not breach a United Nations resolution which endorsed the nuclear deal. The accounts of the entities will be blocked and their properties in Iran will be confiscated.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment on the report. Trump has repeatedly called the probe a "witch hunt" and denied any wrongdoing.

Mueller has strong support on Capitol Hill.

Mueller is also said to be investigating Trump's financial records unrelated to Russia or the election, CNN reported.

The bill would apply retroactively to May 17, 2017 - the day Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign.

Two US senators introduced a bipartisan bill Thursday to pre-empt that move by insulating Mueller. The president's legal team is looking into potential conflicts surrounding the team Mueller has hired, including the backgrounds of members and political contributions by some members of his team to Hillary Clinton.

The Tillis and Coons bill would allow review after the special counsel had been dismissed.

"A back-end judicial review process to prevent unmerited removals of special counsels not only helps to ensure their investigatory independence, but also reaffirms our nation's system of check and balances", Tillis said in a statement.

Trump has been critical of Mueller since his appointment.

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