The FBI investigation into Russia’s interference with last year’s elections is heating up, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller has requested the support of a grand jury in Washington. Currently, 16 prosecutors are working with Muller on the investigation.
Investigation Is Officially ‘Wider than Flynn’
The Wall Street Journal first reported Mueller’s significant move. Experts told the Journal that Mueller’s decision means that the investigation is getting more serious and may soon expand.
“This is yet a further sign that there is a long-term, large-scale series of prosecutions being contemplated and being pursued by the special counsel,”
Noted law professor Stephen I. Vladeck.
The professor underlined that a grand jury in Alexandria would have been enough to look at Trump’s disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn’s case. A grand jury in Washington already means that the investigation includes more suspects, and it has just become “wider than Flynn.”
A federal prosecutor confirmed that Mueller’s surprise move is a confirmation that the investigation is moving “vigorously” forward.
On Thursday, Reuters said the grand jury has started issuing subpoenas in the case concerning Don Jr’s meeting with a Russian lawyer to discuss compromising material on Hillary Clinton last summer. The meeting involved Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, a controversial figure with deep ties to a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.
Congress Trying to Shield Mueller
CNN confirmed Thursday Mueller’s investigation is now exploring Trump’s and his cronies’ business ties to Russian oligarchs and Russian officials. The federal probe could go beyond 2016 when it comes to digging up financial crimes by the Trump campaign aides.
People familiar with the investigation told CNN that the business ties are some of the most “fertile avenues” for pushing the probe ahead.
In the meantime, Congress is trying to insulate Mueller from Trump as Senators introduced bipartisan-sponsored legislation that would bar Trump from terminating Mueller.
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