US special counsel Mueller moves Russia probe forward: media

13 Août, 2017, 02:14 | Auteur: Phil Beauvilliers
  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller

The grand jury, which began its work in recent weeks, is a sign that Mueller's probe will likely continue for months, the Wall Street Journal revealed Thursday. "It's just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics".

A report by private payrolls processor ADP showed on Wednesday that private U.S. employers added 178,000 jobs in July, slightly below economists' expectations, although payroll gains in June were revised up to 191,000 from an originally reported 158,000.

"They've combed through the list of shell companies and buyers of Trump-branded real estate properties and scrutinized the roster of tenants at Trump Tower reaching back more than a half-dozen years", CNN reported. "They've looked at the backgrounds of Russian business associates connected to Trump surrounding the 2013 Miss Universe pageant".

It's still unclear whether the FBI is also examining Trump's tax returns.

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The legislation would allow a special counsel to challenge the basis of a termination, with a three-judge panel ruling within 14 days on whether the firing was justified.

"The use of the grand jury neither escalates, nor establishes a timeline for, the investigation", he added.

The bill would need the president's signature before it could become law.

Mueller has largely removed the original prosecutors from the case, replacing them with a formidable collection of legal talent and expertise in prosecuting national security, fraud and public corruption cases, arguing matters before the Supreme Court and assessing complicated legal questions. Then president Bill Clinton was forced to give details about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, evidence that was used in his impeachment.

Trying to build support among his core supporters, he said his enemies were "trying to cheat you out of the leadership you want with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most importantly, demeaning to our country and demeaning to our constitution".

"Well he's very, very good friends with Comey". "We're going to have to see". But there has been no obstruction, there has been no collusion. "And virtually everyone agrees on that".

"If you secure an indictment, your next step is to arrest the defendant".

Twelve attorneys from the Justice Department and FBI are working with the special counsel's office, and three are from Mueller's firm, WilmerHale.

Moscow has denied ever seeking to influence the election.

Ty Cobb, special counsel to the president, said he wasn't aware that Mueller had impaneled a grand jury.

The S&P 500 gained 0.05 percent, hovering just below its record high touched last week, supported by upbeat earnings and rising expectations that the Federal Reserve's policy tightening will move ahead only slowly.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Joshua Stueve, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department to investigate Russia's alleged interference into the 2016 election and any possible links with the Trump campaign or transition team.

The euro traded at $1.1845, after having risen to as high as $1.19105 on Wednesday, its highest level since January 2015.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is switching parties to join Republicans as President Donald Trump plans a visit to the increasingly conservative state.

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