In West Virginia, Trump concluded a five-minute riff on Russian Federation with a caustic jab at Democrats who allege that he had an unfair leg up - from a USA enemy - to defeat Clinton in last year's presidential election.
President Trump has questioned Mueller's impartiality and members of Congress from both parties have expressed concern that he might dismiss the former FBI Director. "They're trying to cheat you out of the leadership that you won with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us and, most importantly, demeaning to our country and to the Constitution".
But that defiant posture is becoming harder to sustain as Mueller's investigation grows both in seriousness and scope.
"You fire Bob Mueller who's one of the most admired people I know, you fire him, and you'll create a firestorm here", said Sen.
The news of a grand jury comes up as the US President prepares to take a 17-day-vacation to New Jersey later this week.
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.More news: Section of Minnehaha Academy Collapses
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Federal prosecutors had previously been using a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia, and even before Mueller was appointed, had increased their activity, issuing subpoenas and taking other investigative steps.
The grand jury in Virginia had issued a subpoena related to Flynn's business, the Flynn Intel Group, which was paid more than $500,000 by a company owned by a Turkish American businessman close to top Turkish officials, said people familiar with the matter.
Convening a grand jury does not signal that indictments are imminent or that Mueller has concluded there has been wrongdoing.
Remember, grand jury investigations are meant to remain secret.
He said instead prosecutors should be looking into Hillary Clinton's deleted emails, paid Russian speeches, and the uranium she sold to Russia. The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly. The Justice Department told the public that this was a counterintelligence investigation; thus, neither the American people nor the people implicated in the investigation were given notice that crimes were suspected, much less what particular crimes and who the suspects are. Republican and Democratic senators introduced two pieces of legislation on Thursday seeking to block President Trump from firing Mueller.
"You don't impanel a grand jury if you only have smoke. The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mueller". "The fact that Mueller recently recruited former prosecutor Greg Andres from a leading Wall Street law firm further confirms that his investigation will be broad and will last for some significant amount of time". They're hanging on to one cause for optimism: the appointment of John Kelly as White House chief of staff, which several GOP senators said they hope will calm the chaos on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. I don't believe a word they are saying.