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Federal judge extends Mueller grand jury by another six months: Report


That grand jury’s work of reviewing evidence and hearing testimony from witnesses has led to multiple criminal cases against people connected to Trump, as well as to indictments against Russian nationals accused to interfering in the election and U.S. political processes.

Mueller is continuing to probe possible collusion by Trump’s campaign with Russians, and also is investigating possible obstruction of justice by the president.

Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. And to date, the special counsel has not charged anyone in Trump’s orbit with crimes related to foreign interference in the presidential election.

CNN first reported the extension.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment when contacted by The White House had no immediate comment.

Since being appointed special counsel in 2017, Mueller, a former FBI director, has obtained guilty pleas from Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen for lying to Congress, Trump’s first national security advisor, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, for making false statements and Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, for multiple crimes.

Manafort’s business associate, Rick Gates, who also worked on Trump’s campaign, pleaded guilty in early 2018 to making false statements and financial crimes. George Papadopoulos, who had been an advisor on Trump’s presidential campaign, pleaded guilty in October 2017 to making false statements to the FBI in another case lodged by Mueller.

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