Special Counsel Robert Mueller Impanels Grand Jury in Russia Investigation

Rep. Franks Calls on Mueller to Resign

Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia's cyberwar on America's elections and Trump's possible collusion, has impaneled a grand jury in Washington.

The grand jury began its work in recent weeks and provides the surest sign yet that the investigation is intensifying, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The move is a sign that the sweeping federal investigation - which includes allegations that Trump campaign officials coordinated with Russian Federation to tilt the election - is gathering pace and has entered a more concrete phase.

A grand jury has issued subpoenas relating to the controversial June 2016 meeting between the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian lawyer, Reuters reported.

Both Arizona lawmakers calling for Mueller to step aside are members of the House Judiciary Committee, where Republicans just days ago called on Justice Department leaders to appoint a second special counsel "to investigate unaddressed matters", arguing that Mueller's purview was too "narrow in scope" to focus on episodes of election meddling unrelated to Trump.

He added another sign the investigation is ramping up is that Greg Andres, a top partner at major NY law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, has joined Mueller's team.

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Prior to joining Mueller's team, Andres, 50, worked as a white-collar criminal defense attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell, a private law firm in New York City.

"The unbalanced, uncertain, and seemingly unlimited focus of the special counsel's investigation has led many of our constituents to see a dual standard of justice that benefits only the powerful and politically well-connected", the letter's opening paragraph states.

In an investigation separate from Mueller, the FBI is looking into ties between Trump's associates and the Kremlin, including Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Roger Stone.

Republicans and supporters of Trump have widely criticized Mueller and his team because several of the lawyers have Democratic connections and have donated to Democratic campaigns - including Hillary Clinton's a year ago.

Kelly called Sessions on Saturday to stress that the White House was supportive of his work and wanted him to continue his job, according to two people familiar with the call. Trump has openly blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the federal Russian Federation probe, leading to speculation he may try and find a new attorney general who would fire Mueller. Mueller, who was Comey's predecessor as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, has assembled a team of prosecutors and lawyers with experience in financial fraud, national security and organized crime to investigate contacts between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

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