The grand jury of the special advocate charged with investigating the collusion between Russia and the 2016 presidential election continues "vigorously" despite the end of Robert Mueller's investigation announced a federal prosecutor Wednesday.
David Goodhand, US Deputy Attorney, recognized the active status of the grand jury in a federal court hearing for disclosing the identity of a foreign-controlled corporation that had been convicted of defying a subpoena. appear in Mueller.
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The hearing was rejected earlier this week in the Supreme Court, and the Reporters for Freedom of the Press Open Government Group requested access to all elements of the clandestine litigation, including the identity of the company.
In a brief public hearing on Wednesday, US District Court Chief Justice Beryl Howell asked Goodhand whether the grand jury Mueller had used in the case remained active.
"It goes on," responded the prosecutor. "He continues vigorously."
The fact that the grand jury continues its work adds a new layer of uncertainty to the Mueller investigation, which was announced Friday by Attorney General William Barr.
Barr also published a four-page summary explaining that the special council had not found a plot between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the election. But Barr also noted that Mueller had not yet determined whether the president was obstructing justice.
Moreover, the Attorney General stated that Mueller had no more indictments – neither to be released nor under seal – in the case.
Mueller's office recently transferred a series of its cases to federal prosecutors across the government, including the subpoena brawl that took place since last year.
The US Attorney's Office in Washington, DC, where Goodhand works, is currently leading the battle for subpoenas, as well as Mueller's upcoming lawsuit in November against Trump's longtime associate, Roger Stone.
Mueller spokesman Peter Carr declined to comment on the federal prosecutor's statement in court about the active grand jury.