Political analyst Paul Lisnek talks Robert Mueller and the ongoing Russian Federation investigation

Trevor Jackson
August 5, 2017

It will look into links between the Trump team and Russian Federation to influence the White House election and whether there has been any subsequent attempt to obstruct justice.

Mueller took over that investigation in mid-May.

The president has called the investigation into his administration's ties with Russian Federation a "witch hunt" and a "hoax" that is being used to "demean the United States".

The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news, said this was a sign that Muellers inquiry was growing in intensity and entering a new phase.

"Yesterday, we saw another feature of Trump's alternate reality: the idea that immigrants are pouring into our country and hurting our economy", Meyers said.

It was not that Trump softened his stance - his tone was caustic and highly partisan, suggesting "the prosecutors" should be investigating Clinton's missing emails.

Mueller has also reportedly subpoenaed documents related to Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting past year with a Russian lawyer who was offering information from Russian government sources about Trump's opponent Hillary Clinton.

A spokesman for Mueller declined comment.

"Grand jury matters are typically secret".

Legal observers agreed that the arrival of a grand jury itself did not necessarily mean Mueller believed that he had found fruitful ground for his investigation. It can subpoena witnesses and demand the production of documents. "This is a significant action". After issuing subpoenas and taking testimony from witnesses, grand juries have only one other thing they can do: issue indictments.

"Trump is probably excited because he thinks a grand jury is just a fancier jury", Meyers joked, before launching into his impersonation of the president. The regulations that require a description of the basis for a criminal investigation were not followed.

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

Despite the federal grand jury investigation, the president and Republicans received some good news Thursday: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced he's switching parties from Democrat to Republican. But he once again called the Russian investigation a hoax and blamed Democratic lawmakers for perpetuating it.

"I think that's a misjudging of why we have a bad problem with Russian Federation". It got him to the White House.

The measures were submitted amid concern that the President might dismiss Mueller, as he fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May, citing the Russian Federation inquiry in his decision. He also recently criticized his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for recusing himself from the probe.

Trump's legal counsel was tight-lipped about the matter in a statement earlier in the day. "Most people know there were no Russians in our campaign". 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. The White House has every interest in bringing this to a prompt and fair conclusion. "The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mueller", he said.

Trump had previously warned in an interview with the New York Times that Mueller would cross a red line if he delved into his family's financial records. "A special counsel should never have been appointed in this case". But one of the main reasons for holding a grand jury is that it is a powerful investigative tool.

"Impaneling a new grand jury in D.C. suggests that Mueller has a probe that goes beyond Flynn's conduct, and that could go on for many months", said John Wood, a former us attorney and former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security. "If there was already a grand jury in Alexandria looking at Flynn, there would be no need to reinvent the wheel for the same guy".

Having spent many years in law enforcement, majority as a prosecutor, I can attest that criminal investigators are presumptuous.

Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress welcomed news of the development. How will Trump react to the grand jury? "(Trump) and/or his associates in bigly trouble", tweeted Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.

But the grand jury also makes it even more hard and politically explosive for Trump to attempt to dismiss Mueller, whose use of a grand jury is the most concrete evidence yet that he is pursuing an expansive criminal case related to the Trump campaign's possible involvement in Russia's attempt to meddle in the 2016 election.

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