On Thursday the Wall Street Journal reported that special counsel Rober Mueller has convened a grand jury regarding the Russia probe. The Wall Street Journal reports:
Such a move would signal that the investigation is growing and entering a new phase. The special counsel is looking into Russia’s efforts to influence the election and any ties between President Trump’s campaign and Moscow.
Mueller’s spokesman declined to comment to the newspaper, while White House special counsel Ty Cobb said he was unaware of the new development.
Grand jury matters are typically secret. The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly,” Cobb told the Journal. “The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”
The 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.
The news follows efforts from some in Congress to protect Mueller from Trump and his administration’s ability to fire him.
Additionally, members of the Senate have introduced a bill that would make it difficult for the Justice Department to fire Mueller if it ever came down to it. The Hill reports:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced a bill on Monday that would require the Justice Department to seek a request from a federal judge before firing Mueller or any other special counsel.
“Our bill allows judicial review of any decision to terminate a special counsel to make sure it’s done for the reasons cited in the regulation rather than political motivation. I think this will serve the country well,” Graham said in a statement.
Booker added that special counsel should never be subjected to “interference or intimidation because of where an investigation takes them.”
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