Special counsel Robert Muller is, reportedly, moving in on President Trump’s campaign team (like a bitch, one might even say).
A few things that Mueller has reportedly done in the last few weeks (which were publicized today):
- Convened a grand jury. What’s a grand jury? It’s slightly different than a jury one imagines in an episode of Law & Order. A grand jury is a legal committee, typically composed of somewhere between 16 to 23 people, that investigates if a crime has been committed and whether to bring charges against a suspect. Described as an “investigative body,” a grand jury can subpoena witnesses and documents without supervision. Grand juries convene in private.
- Reuters reported that the newly enlisted grand jury has already subpoenaed people related to Donald Trump Jr.’s infamous meeting with Kremlin connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. The report did not specify who or what had been subpoenaed by the grand jury.
- CNN reported that Mueller’s investigation had expanded to include Trump’s business transactions, which will likely enrage the president who publicly warned the special counsel against investigating his finances. CNN specifically noted that Mueller was apparently investigating possible financial crimes that might be “unconnected to the 2016 elections,” according to sources familiar with the probe. The report also revealed that Carter Page, one Trump’s campaign advisors, had been under a FISA warrant since 2014.
The Wall Street Journal, which first reported Mueller’s impaneling of a grand jury, noted that the move suggests his investigation is “growing in intensity and entering a new phase.”
Mueller’s grand jury was assembled in Washington, DC. It’s separate than the grand jury already impaneled to investigate former national security advisor Gen. Micheal Flynn’s alleged collusion with Russian officials in Alexandria, VA.
President Trump, who is definitely not under investigation (so says his lawyers), is probably shaking in his boots. Especially if Mueller gets his hands on those über private tax returns (which he was allegedly “disturbed” to find out might be a possibility).
But it wouldn’t really matter if the president fired Mueller, he could try, but a budding coalition of senators have introduced legislation that would prevent Trump from actually succeeding in disposing of him.