Published: Dim, Août 06, 2017
Globale | By Boniface Saint-Yves

Robert Mueller Impanels Grand Jury in Trump-Russia Probe (Report)

Robert Mueller Impanels Grand Jury in Trump-Russia Probe (Report)

Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to oversee the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, has impaneled a grand jury in Washington, D.C., a clear indication that the investigation may in fact be yielding actual fruit and moving full-speed ahead.

News last month of the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer who he was told had damaging information about his father's presidential rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, fueled questions about the campaign's dealings with Moscow.

"Grand juries are supposed to be secret proceedings", he reacted. The meeting had been brokered by British publicist, Rob Goldstone, who has worked with the Trumps in the past.

Amid the reports of a grand jury being convened, Trump said "I just hope the final determination is a truly honest one".

Former Defense Attorney & FNC Host Gregg Jarrett breaks it down! Said prosecutors can subpoena witnesses and/or documents to put before the grand jury, legally compelling those individuals to either produce said documents or testify under oath. "The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller", he added.

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"The paneling of a grand jury in situations like this when you have an investigation like this is how they move forward", he said.

Thomas Zeno, a former federal prosecutor, told the Journal that impaneling a grand jury is "confirmation that this is a very vigorous investigation going on". He called the document flawed, as some of its provisions violate the Constitution of the country. An indictment from a grand jury is necessary to charge someone with a felony crime per the Constitution.

What is this one looking into?

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday "there is a there there" after reports Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury and hired more staff in the Russia probe.

"A back-end judicial review process to prevent unmerited removals of special counsels not only helps to ensure their investigatory independence, but also reaffirms our nation's system of check and balances", Tillis said in a statement.

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