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Mueller opens multiple investigations
On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller shopped for a Washington grand jury in the Russian election influence investigation. USA Today reports that Mueller has enlisted multiple grand juries.
Mueller has at least two grand juries going, one in Virginia, the Flynn jury, and one in D.C. where only 4% of the voters cast a ballot for Donald Trump.
USA Today reported that Mueller’s team is investigating possible obstruction of justice related to the president’s abrupt May 9 dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak — all of which occurred in the District of Columbia.
Liberal lawyer Alan Dershowitz said Mueller’s interest in the D.C. court is a bad sign for Trump.
Dershowitz spoke with WABC Radio host Rita Cosby and was asked about the existence of a second grand jury in the Department of Justice’s Russia investigation.
“The second one is important because of where it is. It gives the prosecutor the power to indict in the District of Columbia, which is a district that is heavily Democratic, and would have a jury pool very unfavorable to Trump and the Trump administration,” Dershowitz said.
“So it gives the prosecutor a tremendous tactical advantage. If he wants to bring a case against anybody in the administration, the case now can be brought not in Northern Virginia, which is a swing area, sometimes Democrat, sometimes Republican, but the District of Columbia, which is always solidly Democratic and has an ethnic and racial composition that might be very unfavorable to the Trump administration.”
“Yes. Yes, I do,” Dershowitz said. “I think it’s a tactical move designed to send a message that if the prosecutor decides to prosecute, he will have a real advantage with the jury pool where the case will be held, provided there is jurisdiction in the District of Columbia, and there would be generally jurisdiction almost anywhere.”
Charles Krauthammer, writer, commentator, Pulitzer Prize winner, “worries for this country”. He sees the U.S. heading for a cliff.
He said: “…the Russia thing obviously is a pretext, and it’s going to be a subject of the investigation. But it appears to be going into the territory that Trump has wanted to protect, namely his business. At some point, we could come to a crisis. And I worry for the country because this is not good that the presidency, the judiciary, and Congress would be at loggerheads when you really don’t have anybody that ultimately would adjudicate. It would be the Supreme Court but we know that can cause real reverberations for decades.”