In a sign that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s influence of the 2016 Election has hit hyperdrive, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Special Prosecutor has impaneled a grand jury in the case. The grand jury can do things that the prosecutor cannot do himself including allowing prosecutors to subpoena documents, put witnesses under oath and of course, seek indictments if there is evidence of a crime.
According to the report, the panel is already seated and has started working in “recent weeks,” and the first subpoenas have been issued.
A spokesman for Mr. Mueller, Joshua Stueve, declined to comment. Moscow has denied seeking to influence the election, and Mr. Trump has vigorously disputed allegations of collusion. The president has called Mr. Mueller’s inquiry a “witch hunt” [because his selection of attornies for his team consists of mostly Hillary Clinton donors].
Ty Cobb, who is president