Federal court extends Mueller grand jury for up to 6 months

Cheryl Sanders
January 5, 2019

Special counsel Robert Mueller's federal grand jury has been extended so it may continue to meet and vote on criminal indictments for up to six more months.

The extension was approved by the chief justice of the D.C. District Court, who oversees Mueller's grand jury.

A company owned by a foreign country, possibly a bank, is reportedly fighting a grand jury subpoena apparently related to Mueller's investigation.

Under federal rules, a grand jury can not serve longer than 18 months unless the chief judge extends its service for another six months or less, if it is "in the public interest".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury has more time to complete its work - and that may mean more indictments are coming.

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.

Five aides to now President Donald Trump have pleaded guilty to various charges stemming from the wide-ranging probe, most recently his former personal attorney Michael Cohen in November.

"Extending a federal grand jury's term is not unusual". The challenge is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, CNN has reported.

Prosecutors have the option of using a new grand jury once the term of a previously established one expires. The federal court system has not yet run out of funding, but may by the end of next week. She does not sit in on its sessions.

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