WASHINGTON - A lawyer for President Donald Trump said he has no information to suggest the president is under federal investigation amid a report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is using a grand jury as part of his probe into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Mueller, who was appointed as special counsel in May, was using a grand jury in Washington. Grand juries are common vehicles to subpoena witnesses and records, though they do not suggest any criminal charges are near. A grand jury in Virginia has been used to gather information on Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser.
Ty Cobb, special counsel to the president, said he wasn’t aware that Mueller had started using a new grand jury.
“Grand jury matters are typically secret,” 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.”
John Dowd, another lawyer for Trump, said in a statement to The Associated Press, “With respect to the news of the federal grand jury, I have no reason to believe that the president is under investigation.”
He did not elaborate.
Meanwhile, the top Democrat on the House oversight committee asked a business partner of Flynn for documents detailing Flynn’s foreign contacts and security clearance, according to a letter released Thursday.