Grand Jury Issues Subpoenas in Widening Russia Probe

Casey Dawson
August 5, 2017

In a speech at a rally in Huntington, West Virginia, on Thursday evening, Trump alleged that the allegations were a "hoax" and the Russian Federation story a "total fabrication".

In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro vows to install a new constituent assembly that will trump every other branch of government while opposition leaders call for a mass protest to ensure delegates know their arrival is unwelcome.

Analysts say that Mueller's use of a grand jury shows that he is taking control of the investigation.

But Thursday's revelations were a sign that the former FBI director's investigation is serious, expanding and gathering pace, and will mean more complications for West Wing staff and the President himself. The Wall Street Journal earlier reported a grand jury was impaneled. Prosecutors do not seek the assistance of the grand jury's subpoena power, and do not contemplate presenting evidence to a grand jury, unless they see a realistic possibility of filing criminal charges.

Mueller took over that investigation in mid-May.

Federal investigators exploring whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian spies have seized on Trump and his associates' financial ties to Russia as one of the most fertile avenues for moving their probe forward, according to people familiar with the investigation.

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On Friday, Trump heads to New Jersey for a 17-day working vacation.

Also, getting lost once again in the "Russia" panic, as we explained on yesterday's show, there is a good reason Bernie Sanders voted against the bill slapping sanctions against Russia, North Korea and Iran, as approved nearly unanimously in both chambers of Congress, and signed reluctantly by the President on Wednesday.

CBS News has learned that special counsel Robert Mueller is using a federal grand jury - in part to issue subpoenas to compel documents and information as part of his Russian Federation investigation, reports CBS News' Andres Triay and Pat Milton. By that time, unusual communications between the Trump campaign and Russian officials had pinged on USA intelligence agencies' radar.

But the news of West Virginia's governor switching parties seemed buried beneath all the Washington frenzy over the impaneling of a federal grand jury. "The White House favours anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly" and "is committed to fully cooperating with Mr Mueller".

"They're 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 our Constitution", he said. His comments have been widely interpreted as laying the groundwork to fire Mueller and any Justice Department officials who defend him. A bipartisan group of senators have submitted two similar bills that would likely prevent Trump from firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, something he is clearly just dying to do.

Why are grand juries feared? "I hope this brings us one step closer". I don't believe a word they are saying.

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