Mueller grand jury term extended following Friday expiration

Delayed for up to six months. Special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to advance significant new aspects of his Russia investigation which could end up targeting Donald Trump himself in a public way according to legal experts and observers

Delayed for up to six months. Special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to advance significant new aspects of his Russia investigation which could end up targeting Donald Trump himself in a public way according to legal experts and observers

Special counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury, which approves indictments related to his Russian Federation investigation, was extended by a federal judge Friday just before it was set to expire, according to Politico. The grand jury was due to expire on Sunday, as federal grand juries can typically only serve up to 18 months unless the court rules an extension is in the "public interest".

Special counsel Robert Mueller (L) arrives at the U.S. Capitol for closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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

In recent months, there have been several signs Mueller's grand jury would press on. The grand jury approves Mueller's indictments, but otherwise its activities are secret. Their work has resulted in multiple criminal cases against people connected to Mr. Trump, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

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The 34-year-old Swiss won the first two sets 6-4 and 7-5, forcing an injured and struggling Djokovic to retire in the third. If she’s at her best, then she’ll make it to the final and if she performs on the day the title will be hers.

Just Thursday prosecutors asked a federal judge to allow submission of a sealed brief concerning a "matter occurring before the grand jury".

It wasn't immediately clear if the extension is for another six months.

CNN first reported Howell's decision.

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