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05 August 2017, 12:29 | Kara Nash
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The appointment of a Grand Jury would allow prosecutors to subpoena documents, put witnesses under oath and seek indictments, if there is evidence of a crime, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Mueller empaneled a grand jury Thursday in Washington, D.C., a move that will likely accelerate the conclusion of the Russian Federation investigation.
The President offered a political argument - not a legal one - for why the Russian Federation story was "a total fabrication" on a day of dizzying revelations about the probe, that heaped fresh pressure on his beleaguered White House.
What is a grand jury? .
Still, after the past rocky months, Republicans are hoping against hope that with all the work ahead, relations with the White House will improve.
The legislation provoked countermeasures by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said on Sunday that the US diplomatic mission in Russia must reduce its staff by 755 people.
Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, was appointed in May - after James Comey was abruptly fired as the chief of the investigating agency - to probe the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Remember, grand jury investigations are meant to remain secret.
He said the investigation is a fake story, and prosecutors should be looking at other details instead. A person who confirmed the use of the grand jury to The Associated Press was not authorized to discuss the investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Mr Mueller also has asked the White House to preserve all communications related to a June 2016 meeting during which 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.
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But he said it would be "very dangerous" if this led to Trump firing or attempting to fire Mueller, warning that "I think this would create a real constitutional crisis".
McCabe has told colleagues that he's also a potential witness in the probe of whether Trump broke the law by trying to thwart the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.
He referred to the "totally made-up Russian Federation story". "And they are trying to cheat them out of their rightful presidency".
But it's not just Democrats raising the issue. Reacting to some reports that Trump may fire Mueller, two bipartisan groups of senators introduced bills Thursday to make it harder for the President to do so. That probe has since been taken over by Mueller.
Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. It was introduced by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC and Senator Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat.
Tillis, Coons and Graham are all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
I'm not sure why they don't just pass a bill saying he can't fire Mueller, period, though I suppose that might be because the courts might see that as a violation of the separation of powers.
Lawmakers in both parties have grown alarmed after Mr Trump became publicly critical of Mr Mueller.
US President Trump has poured refuted on any suggestion his team colluded with the Kremlin to beat Hillary Clinton.
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Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials had signaled, however, that Trump planned to sign the bill into law. Trump says the bill is "seriously flawed", but he signed it under pressure from congressional Republicans and Democrats.