Grand jury subpoenas have been issued in connection with Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters Thursday.
Reuters’ sources added that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had convened a grand jury in Washington, D.C. to probe Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential race.
Mueller’s probe includes whether any collusion existed between President Trump’s election campaign last year and Russia.
Donald Trump Jr. is the president’s eldest son, and he reportedly met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya during the White House race last year.
Some Twitter users on Thursday cheered reports that a grand jury is issuing subpoenas that may impact the Trump family.
Other people on the social media platform criticized Mueller, who is also a former FBI director, for looking at the Trumps.
They are going after Donald Trump, JR. That is the s how they hope to get to the President. Trump needs to get rid of Mueller!— Gloria Bryan (@GloriaBryan7) August 3, 2017
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Mueller’s grand jury for the Russia probe began its work in recent weeks and is likely a sign his investigation will deepen and last for months.
Grand juries are potentially major investigative tools as prosecutors can use them to subpoena documents, put witnesses under oath and seek indictments if evidence exists of a crime.
CBS News reported Wednesday that congressional investigators, meanwhile, have “high interest” in Donald Trump Jr.’s records regarding his meeting with Veselnitskaya.
Congressional investigators are purportedly interested in Donald Trump Jr.’s cell phone records, phone records and emails relating to all individuals present for the huddle.
Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Veselnitskaya stoked controversy last month following reports he accepted it for damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, ultimately lost the White House race to President Trump last November.
Critics argue that the younger Trump’s openness to meeting Veselnitskaya is an example of willingness the president’s election campaign worked with entities linked to Russia.
President Trump has steadfastly defended his son’s intention, however, and Donald Trump Jr. maintains the meeting was ultimately fruitless after discussing Russian adoption issues.