Special Counsel Robert Mueller using grand jury in widening Russia probe

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And if what Mr. Sekulow means by that comment is that the president has not been formally designated as a target of the investigation, that's undoubtedly true at this point.

MARTIN: How do you read this move by special counsel Robert Mueller, calling for this grand jury?

If Mueller felt the investigation did not extend beyond Flynn, he would not have needed to impanel a new grand jury in the nation's capital, some say.

Trump has been critical of Mueller since his appointment. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that a grand jury was impaneled in Washington several weeks ago.

"So this is really woven into a series of things that I think we should do to help re-establish the solid reputation of DOJ", Tillis said. "I became the campaign manager shortly after that".

The report may pave the way for the U.S. Federal Reserve to start shrinking its $4.5 trillion balance sheet. We've expected this frankly because you usually get a grand jury because you need it for information. "There was no consequence, no follow-up, no smoking gun". Thanks for having me, Ari.

Coons told reporters that the two plans were introduced after lawyers differed over which mechanism might be more vulnerable to a legal challenge.

Justice's plans were confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday by a Democratic Party official with knowledge of his plans.

Grand juries typically last for 12 to 18 months but can last for years.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is switching parties to join Republicans as President Donald Trump plans a visit to the increasingly conservative state.

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The current number of U.S. personnel in Russia was not immediately clear. US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia attempted to sway the presidential contest in Trump's favor.

The White House had announced on July 28 that the president had decided to sign the legislation imposing sanctions on Russia over its alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

In commodities, oil prices continued to be weighed down by persistent concerns about high crude supplies from both OPEC and the United States.

Mueller also has asked the White House to preserve all communications related to a June 2016 meeting where the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort met with a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet counterintelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin.

However, the Russians' dislike for Trump has not yet reached the peak registered in April, after he ordered a missile strike on a Syrian airbase.

Mr. Tillerson said he hoped for cooperation with Russia that would make the sanctions unnecessary. He has also publicly warned Mueller that he would be out of bounds if he dug into the Trump family's finances.

Meanwhile, Trump has ratcheted up his attacks against Mueller in recent weeks.

MARTIN: I want to draw attention to a letter you wrote, an open letter, to - addressed to Vice President Mike Pence that - you coauthored this.

Smiling and waving, Trump walked from the Oval Office to his Marine One helicopter on a sunny August afternoon.

The latter would be in parallel on the financial ties between Donald Trump, his associates and Russia, according to CNN. They put them before the grand jury, and then they craft a case for the grand jury. "This suggests that the investigation is bigger and wider than Flynn, perhaps substantially so". "The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly".

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