Moments ago, we’ve learned, via a report from the Wall Street Journal, that special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington DC in order to ramp up his investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia, as well as other possible crimes.
According to the WSJ, the grand jury has been impaneled for at least a few weeks, and this confirms that Mueller’s investigation is larger in scope than indicated by the Michael Flynn grand jury that we had previously become aware of. The grand jury has reportedly been set up in DC instead of Virginia because it’s only blocks away from the building in which Mueller and his 16 attorneys and prosecutors are working from.
“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.”
We can also confirmed that, according to Reuters, grand jury subpoenas have been issued related to the June 9, 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Russian lawyers and others. While we do not know who or exactly what Mueller’s grand jury is considering a target or a subject of this investigation, it is interesting to note that federal grand juries indict 99 percent of the time, when a prosecutor seeks an indictment. Basically this means indictments will almost certainly be handed down within the months to follow if Mueller seeks one. We will continue to cover this story as we learn more.