Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Judge extends grand jury used by Mueller's Russian Federation probe

Judge extends grand jury used by Mueller's Russian Federation probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury, which approves indictments related to his Russian Federation investigation, was extended by a federal judge Friday just before it was set to expire, according to Politico. The chief judge of the D.C. Circuit, Beryl Howell, granted his request, CNN's Katelyn Polantz reports. Several of Mueller's indictments came from this particular grand jury, including those against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, as well as numerous Russian individuals and companies accused of attempting to meddle in the 2016 election.

Why it matters: Media outlets have speculated throughout the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation that the special counsel may soon be wrapping up his probe. One Russian company charged by Mueller, Concord Management and Catering, has pleaded not guilty, while the rest of the Russians have not appeared in United States courts.

"Extending a federal grand jury's term is not unusual". Stone has not been charged with a crime, though has publicly stated he believes he will be indicted.

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While Klem declined to say how much longer the jurors may sit, federal rules of criminal procedure allow for a six-month extension upon a court finding that it's in the public interest.

The grand jury, based in Washington, DC, was seated for an 18-month term that began in July 2017 and was set to expire in the coming days.

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