In a sign that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s influence of the 2016 Election has hit hyperdrive, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Special Prosecutor has impaneled a grand jury in the case.
The grand jury can do things that the prosecutor cannot do himself including allowing prosecutors to subpoena documents, put witnesses under oath and of course, seek indictments if there is evidence of a crime.
According to the report, the panel is already seated and has started working in “recent weeks,” and the first subpoenas have been issued.
A spokesman for Mr. Mueller, Joshua Stueve, declined to comment. Moscow has denied seeking to influence the election, and Mr. Trump has vigorously disputed allegations of collusion. The president has called Mr. Mueller’s inquiry a “witch hunt” [because his selection of attornies for his team consists of mostly Hillary Clinton donors].
Ty Cobb, who is president Trump’s lead attorney on the Russia matter told the WSJ that impaneling a grand jury is a typical step for those types of investigations (which is why people questioned that there was no panel created for the Hillary investigation).
“Grand jury matters are typically secret. The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly.…The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”
Keep in mind that this does not mean there is evidence of a crime, but that Mueller needs the tools a grand jury offers. Additionally, it doesn’t mean that Mueller suspects the president or anyone in the administration of hanky-panky.
Also understand before Mueller was hired federal prosecutors had impaneled a grand jury Alexandria, Va., to help with their criminal investigation of Michael Flynn.
Mueller took over that investigation which focuses on General Flynn’s work in the private sector on behalf of foreign interests…