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Grand jury assembled in Trump-Russia investigation


A special counsel investigating claims of Russian meddling in the US election has reportedly empanelled a grand jury, APA reports quoting BBC.

 

The US media reports suggest Robert Mueller's inquiry has taken the first step towards possible criminal charges.

 

According to Reuters news agency, the jury has issued subpoenas over a June 2016 meeting between President Donald Trump's son and a Russian lawyer.

 

The president has poured scorn on any suggestion his team colluded with the Kremlin to beat Hillary Clinton.

 

In the US, grand juries are set up to consider whether evidence in any case is strong enough to issue indictments for a criminal trial. They do not decide the innocence or guilt of a potential defendant.

 

The panel of ordinary citizens also allows a prosecutor to issue subpoenas, a legal writ, to obtain documents or compel witness testimony under oath.

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