Russia

Robert Mueller Impanels a Grand Jury

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Wall Street Journal reported this evening that former FBI director and special prosecutor Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington D.C.

The grand jury was reportedly formed in "recent weeks" and it should not be confused with a separate grand jury impaneled to investigate former Trump adviser Michael Flynn.

“This is yet a further sign that there is a long-term, large-scale series of prosecutions being contemplated and being pursued by the special counsel,” said Stephen I. Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas. “If there was already a grand jury in Alexandria looking at Flynn, there would be no need to reinvent the wheel for the same guy. This suggests that the investigation is bigger and wider than Flynn, perhaps substantially so.”

Very shortly after the Wall Street Journal reported that Mueller had impaneled a second grand jury, CNN reported that Mueller's investigation is currently focused on financial crimes and using that to gain cooperation.

Sources described an investigation that has widened to focus on possible financial crimes, some unconnected to the 2016 elections, alongside the ongoing scrutiny of possible illegal coordination with Russian spy agencies and alleged attempts by President Donald Trump and others to obstruct the FBI investigation. Even investigative leads that have nothing to do with Russia but involve Trump associates are being referred to the special counsel to encourage subjects of the investigation to cooperate, according to two law enforcement sources.

The implication that I draw from this is that there are people close to Trump who've committed crimes (shocking!) and those crimes are being held over them for leverage. If that's the case, and if this report is accurate, it would mean Mueller's team has already uncovered crimes and is chasing bigger fish.

  • muselet

    Richard Nixon was playing-with-his-toes bonkers toward the end of his presidency, but he could be convinced to resign for the good of the country (and a wink-and-a-nod agreement involving a pardon).

    Donald Trump will not, I fear, voluntarily leave the White House even if he’s impeached and convicted.

    (Yes, yes, I know, I know, I’m jumping the gun. Several guns, even. There’s no evidence that Robert Mueller is gunning for Trump (yet), so any mention of impeachment is premature at best. That’s just where my mind went.)

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    GO GET ‘EM!!

  • Victor the Crab

    Which means Drumph will soon fire Mueller and his team of investigators, then launch World War III, with thermonuclear weapons, on North Korea. And the Liberally Biased Mainstream Media™ will all fall in line with Generalissimo Drumph for what very little time the human race and all manners of life have left on his planet.

    Then, in his “yuge” fallout shelter, Drumph will declare “I am the last and greatest American president ever. You’re welcome.”

    • Scopedog

      …And somewhere out there, H.A. Goodman and crew are still complaining about why no one has opened a grand jury on Hillary and the DNC….

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    Wow. Pass the popcorn.

    • Scopedog

      We’re going to need a few buckets…

      • Draxiar

        Hopefully with free refills with the purchase of the bucket…it’s going to be a long suspenseful play!

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    Fingers crossed we are closer to jailing the short fingered vulgarian and his team of deplorables.