UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election has reportedly impaneled a grand jury in Washington.
The move, first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Aug. 3, suggests that Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Moscow may be growing.
Grand juries are used to issue subpoenas to compel people to testify.
While grand juries are a standard prosecution tool in criminal investigations, they do not, on their own, suggest any criminal charges are near or will necessarily be sought.
After the news broke Thursday, President Trump’s personal attorney said that there’s still no reason to believe that Trump is under investigation.
Trump also again denied that his campaign colluded in any way with Russia, telling a rally in West Virginia Thursday night that the story was a “total fabrication.”