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    Moscow does not follow the work of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller and has repeatedly stated the complete absurdity of the so-called Russiangate, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday citing two unidentified sources that Mueller had impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US election, in a sign that the probe was gaining momentum.

    "No, this is not our issue. We have repeatedly spoken about the complete absurdity and baselessness of the so-called Russiangate," Peskov told reporters when asked to comment on the course of the investigation against Russia by Mueller.

    In May 2017, Mueller was appointed as special counsel to oversee the Justice Department's investigation into "any links and/or coordination between Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation."

    Mueller, who headed the FBI from 2001 to 2013, was appointed by the DoJ to investigate a variety of charges: alleged Russian interference in the election, links between the Trump campaign and the Trump White House to Russian actors, Trump's alleged obstruction of justice in firing individuals such as former FBI Director James Comey, and investigations into Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (who was caught lying about a meeting with Russian ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak).

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    investigation, 2016 US Presidential election, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Donald Trump, United States, Russia
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