Such a move would signal that the investigation is growing and entering a new phase. The special counsel is looking into Russia’s efforts to influence the election and any ties between President Trump’s campaign and Moscow.
Mueller’s spokesman declined to comment to the newspaper, while White House special counsel Ty Cobb said he was unaware of the new development.
Grand jury matters are typically secret. The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly,” Cobb told the Journal. “The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”
The grand jury, located in Washington, D.C., follows a separate grand jury previously convened in Alexandria, Va., by federal prosecutors investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The news follows efforts from some in Congress to protect Mueller from Trump and his administration’s ability to fire him.
Additionally, the acting Director of the FBI warned top officials in the bureau that they should prepare to testify. In a Vox exclusive:
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told several of the highest-ranking managers of the bureau they should consider themselves possible witnesses in any investigation into whether President Donald Trump engaged in obstruction of justice, according to two senior federal law enforcement officials.
Among those who McCabe and other law enforcement officials have privately believed are potential witnesses are six of the highest-ranking officials of the agency: They include McCabe himself; Jim Rybicki, Comey’s chief of staff; James Baker, the general counsel of the FBI; David Bowdich, who as the FBI’s associate director is the agency’s third-highest official; and Carl Ghattas, the head of the FBI’s national security division and a legal adviser to McCabe. McCabe was deputy director of the FBI until May, when he became acting director after President Trump fired Comey.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and a third senior Justice Department official are believed by law enforcement officials to be crucial fact witnesses in the obstruction probe. Their testimony is likely to support Comey and harm Trump, according to investigators and outside experts.