Mueller's Investigators Are Worried They're Going To Get Sued

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Members of Congress from both parties have expressed concern that Trump might dismiss Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to determine whether there was collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign and Moscow.

Trump is fighting with his back to the wall and has claimed the investigation and allegations of a Russian connection between his team and Russia is a "witch hunt".

The Wall Street Journal, quoting sources close to the matter, first reported that Mueller was using a grand jury as part of the investigation. The president's legal team is looking into potential conflicts involving some of Mr Mueller's investigators, including whether they made donations to the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

A spokesman for Mueller declined comment.

What is a grand jury? .

Then we're joined by Dave Johnson, founder of the "Seeing the Forest" blog and formerly a Senior Fellow at the progressive policy organization People's Action, to discuss the remarkable leaked transcripts, published Thursday by the Washington Post, of Trump's phone conversations just after taking office with the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Australia.

Through witness testimony and documents, Gurule said, prosecutors are able to more "fully define the contours and the scope" of the activity being examined.

Grand juries are common vehicles to subpoena witnesses and records and to present evidence, though they do not suggest any criminal charges are near or will necessarily be sought.

"Trump is probably excited because he thinks a grand jury is just a fancier jury", Meyers joked, before launching into his impersonation of the president.

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As new revelations on the Russian Federation probe emerge, the question now is: how long Trump can keep his discipline (hold his tongue and his tweets) and will he deviate from Thursday's message or stick to its confines?

The news of a grand jury comes up as the US President prepares to take a 17-day-vacation to New Jersey later this week.

During a rally in West Virginia, the president called the probe an excuse for the Democrats' loss in the election.

As several former federal prosecutors told me, the grand jury is significant because it means that Mueller is in the midst of a "predicated" criminal investigation. We didn't win because of Russian Federation. It got him to the White House.

"With respect to the impaneling of the grand jury, we have no reason to believe that the president is under investigation", he said in a statement to The Washington Times.

The investigation into Russia's interference in last year's election has entered a new stage.

Trump has also recently stepped up criticism of his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions for recusing himself in the Russian Federation probe - another move that has raised questions about whether Trump was trying to obstruct or wrest control over Mueller's probe. Under our law, a grand jury may conduct a probe simply to satisfy itself that no crimes have been committed.

To try to keep Mueller from being fired without cause by the president, two bipartisan bills have been introduced in the Senate. That is to say, there is no evidentiary threshold that must be crossed before a grand jury can begin investigating. The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly.

According to the survey, if Trump were to fire Mueller, an even greater percentage of Americans, 67%, would support having Congress establish a special prosecutor whom Trump could not fire.