In another edition of DID YOU KNOW?, let’s talk once again about Russia and the newest element just added = a grand jury.
So… Robert “Bob” Mueller was appointed as special counsel to lead the investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials back in May. Since then, he and his super team of 16 all-star lawyers have been quietly working away, investigating all things Trump and Russia.
Yesterday, the investigation was stepped up a couple notches with Mueller appointing a grand jury.
What the heck is a grand jury and how’s it different than regular, old, boring jury duty?
A regular jury that is made up of 6 to 12 citizens and usually lasts about a month. Regular juries only hear trial cases. They decide whether lawyers have proved their case and whether they believe the person who is on trail is guilty or not.
A grand jury is larger, made up of up to 23 equally regular citizens, usually lasting for many months, and investigate into criminal activities. Grand juries have a special power punch in that they can subpoena (or demand) documents that were not previously accessible.
Grand juries are intimidating, intense and full of pressure.
Why is Mueller appointing a grand jury such a big deal?
The introduction of a grand jury in this investigation is a pretty big deal. This means that after all the digging this team has done, they’re not winding down but instead ramping up the process. This shows that what they’ve found so far needs more investigating, more questioning and leads to trails of possible crimes.
Did someone say taxes? Trump’s taxes that he has so annoyingly refuses to share?! Yes, documents like these and others can now be demanded forward by the grand jury.
Grand juries can also call witnesses forward to testify under oath. GULP. This means the entire team Trump surrounds himself with (i.e, Jared, Ivanka, Bannon, etc. ) and Trump himself can one day sit in front of a grand jury sworn to tell the truth and nothing but the truth.
Most interestingly, grand juries have the power to indict people, a.k.a formally charge people of crimes. If a grand jury sees that the evidence is there to charge someone of a crime, they damn well will do just that.
One thing is for sure, this won’t go away anytime soon. Many say this investigation can easily go into 2018. There’s no saying when this will all come to an end.
But who knows, maybe Trump will send out a tweet any minute now firing Mueller. Maybe Mueller will finish his investigation and after all is said and done, Trump will pardon himself and everyone on his team. But let’s leave that for another day.
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