The Trump administration released a statement in relation to the Wall Street Journal’s report revealing Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a Washington Grand Jury in his Russia probe.
White House Press Sec. Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued the following statement:
CNBC: White House issues statement on WSJ report that says Mueller has impaneled grand jury in the Russia probe. pic.twitter.com/KtGYXcI5sS
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) August 3, 2017
Ty Cobb, special counsel to the president, said he wasn’t aware that Mr. Mueller had started using a new grand jury. “Grand jury matters are typically secret,” Mr. Cobb said. “The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly….The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”
Former FBI Director Jim Comey said three times the President is not under investigation and we have no reason to believe that has changed.
Trump lawyer John Dowd told NBC News the president’s legal team has been “cooperating with Bob Mueller and his staff since the first of June because we’re trying to get this thing over and done with.”
Separately, CNN reported that Mueller’s team has looked toward Trump and his associates’ possible financial relationships with Russia. It “could offer a more concrete path toward potential prosecution” than the question of collusion with Moscow, according to the news network.
Trump previously told The New York Times he considers Mueller looking at his finances a “red line” in the investigation.
Concerns have grown that Trump could try to find a mechanism to remove Mueller. Bipartisan senators even put forth new legislation to legally protect the special counsel.