Special counsel Robert Mueller has assembled a grand jury in Washington for his investigation into Russia’s efforts to influence the election and any ties between President Trump’s campaign and Moscow, according to an explosive new report by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
The move signals that the probe is intensifying and entering a new phase that could stretch “for months,” according to the Journal.
The newly impaneled grand jury, located in Washington, D.C., follows a separate grand jury previously convened in Alexandria, Va., by federal prosecutors investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to The Hill.
The Russia probe has dogged and frustrated President Donald Trump who has repeatedly called it a “witch hunt” and denied any collusion with Moscow.
“Grand jury matters are typically secret. The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly,” White House special counsel Ty Cobb told the Journal. “The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”
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