Grand jury assembled in Trump - Russia investigation as clock ticks for Trump

Randolph Lopez
Августа 5, 2017

Overall, as Republicans took stock of the past seven months of control of the House and Senate under the Trump administration, the mood was glum.

Three U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation worked to tilt the presidential election in Trump's favor, but have failed to present evidence for that claim.

Stephen Colbert also discussed the latest development in the special counsel investigation.

His Friday morning tweet followed a series of broadsides the president leveled against investigators at a rally Thursday evening in Huntington, West Virginia. "We didn't win because of Russian Federation, we won because of you", Trump said at a raucous campaign rally. "You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!" he wrote. It can issue subpoenas for documents, and witnesses who testify are under oath and can be prosecuted for not being truthful.

A spokesman for Mueller declined comment.

"Grand jury matters are typically secret", Ty Cobb, special counsel to the president, said in a statement. "This suggests that the investigation is bigger and wider than Flynn, perhaps substantially so". "But against whom is the real question".

U.S. stocks and the dollar weakened following the news, while U.S. Treasury securities gained.

Clapper said he was not surprised that Mueller was now using a grand jury and that it, and the increasing size of Mueller's staff, both suggest "that there is there, there". 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. "Most people know there were no Russians in our campaign".

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"Oh man, today must suck for Donald Trump", said Noah.

"President's outside counsel has not received any requests for documentation or information about this".

Noticeably missing from that response was any possibility the leak was fake, and noticeably present was Conway's presentation of the grand jury as a fact. 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". 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. At the same time, several Republicans in the US Senate are reportedly filing legislation meant to prevent Trump (and/or future Presidents) from being able to fire a Special Counsel established by the Department of Justice without judicial review.

Sekulow denied that was Trump's plan.

"The worry is what the president does now", said one official.

"With respect to reports of a federal grand jury, I have no reason to believe that President Trump is being investigated", Dowd said.

"If the investigation goes beyond the Russian mandate-'let's just look into the financing of Trump Tower' but there is no Russian connection to it-then the argument is there, as I see it, that the investigation has gone too far", Starr said.

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