Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, has impaneled a grand jury in Washington, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The move means the probe is intensifying and could stretch “for months,” according to the newspaper. Impaneling a grand jury suggests Mueller “believes he will need to subpoena records and take testimony from witnesses,” the Journal said.

It does not necessarily mean he will bring charges against Trump allies.

Former FBI Director Mueller is investigating Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin. The investigation has dogged and frustrated President Donald Trump during his first six months in office.

The president has repeatedly called it a “witch hunt” and denied any collusion with Moscow. He and his allies have also been critical of Mueller.

The Justice Department appointed Mueller after Trump fired former FBI chief James Comey.

Trump lawyer John Dowd told NBC News the president’s legal team has been “cooperating with Bob Mueller and his staff since the first of June because we’re trying to get this thing over and done with.”

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