Trump-Russia probe: Grand jury set up, subpoenas issued
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was not likely the subject of the investigation, AFP reported. Photograph: (AFP)
The federal probe into the Russian meddling in the US elections led by special counsel Robert Mueller is gathering pace with the naming of a grand jury to examine the veracity of the evidence against the Trump campaign officials being in touch with Russia to favour a Trump victory.
According to US media reports, the grand jury has issued subpoenas related to a meeting that Donald Trump's son Trump Jr and son-in-law Jared Kushner held last year with a Russian attorney who had promised incriminating material against Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump has lashed out at the move saying that the 2016 Russian interference story is a "total fabrication".
"We didn't win because of Russia. We won because of you," Trump said at a campaign-style rally in West Virginia.
The setting up of a grand jury is a significant development in the probe as it could lead to criminal indictments.
"It's a significant escalation of the process," national security attorney Bradley Moss told AFP.
"You don't impanel a grand jury unless your investigation has discovered enough evidence that you feel reflects a violation of at least one, if not more, criminal provisions," he said.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was not likely the subject of the investigation, AFP reported.
(With inputs from agencies)