According to The Wall Street Journal, special counsel Robert Mueller has now impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russian 2016 election interference. Actually, the grand jury has reportedly been working for weeks. The White House’s lawyer, Ty Cobb, said that the White House looked forward to working with Mueller in accordance with law. But this is a major step forward for Mueller in a criminal investigation, as former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy points out:
It is unclear what exactly the grand jury will be investigating; there is a second grand jury that has already been impaneled to look into the activities of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, which suggests that there are figures outside of Flynn who are now under the watchful eye of Mueller and his team. Grand juries are typically impaneled in order to pursue compulsion of document release or testimony, after which they may or may not initiate criminal charges.
According to CNN, Mueller’s team is focusing on precisely the sorts of material Trump said would be a red line for him: financial activities. CNN states:
Federal investigators exploring whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian spies have seized on Trump and his associates’ financial ties to Russia as one of the most fertile avenues for moving their probe forward, according to people familiar with the investigation…. the FBI is reviewing financial records related to the Trump Organization, as well as Trump, his family members, including Donald Trump Jr., and campaign associates. 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. They’ve looked at the backgrounds of Russian business associates connected to Trump surrounding the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.
Read more at the Daily Wire.