Thursday, August 3, 2017

trump Sets Grand Jury Record

Robert Mueller, Special Counsel investigating Trump. Now with Federal Grand Jury.
The third Watergate Grand Jury investigated the President. It was convened January 7, 1974, nearly five years after Nixon first became President.

The Whitewater Grand Jury first subpoenaed records from First Lady, Hillary Clinton, in May 1994, over three years after Bill Clinton became President.

News broke today in the Wall Street Journal, a fairly conservative news source, that Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, has convened a federal Grand Jury in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. CNN reports that this includes financial dealings of trump corporations and links to Russians.

It appears that the Grand Jury is investigating trump.  trump has been in office just over six months.

Grand Juries don't always get convictions or even indict. The Watergate Grand Jury found a criminal conspiracy and indicted several White House staffers who were convicted and served time. Yet, President Nixon was only listed as an "unindicted co-conspirator." Nixon resigned when told he had lost the support of House Republicans who were ready to vote Articles of Impeachment out of the House Judiciary Committee.

Clinton, more recently, was found to have perjured himself regarding sexual improprieties. (No indictments out of the Westwater financial mess). Clinton was impeached by the House but the Senate failed to remove him from office.

It's probably worth noting that in spite of endless controversies (many based on false accusations such as trump's birther charges) there were no Grand Juries convened to investigate President Obama in his eight years in office.

We don't know what will come out of Mueller's investigations and the current Grand Jury. There may be no collusion between the trump campaign and the Russians in the established Russian interference in our election. There may be no criminal wrongdoing in trump's vast commercial activities or any illegal link with Russian finances. However, if trump can lie about the Boy Scouts, I doubt he can withstand the scrutiny without some impeachable offense. "High crimes and misdemeanors" is not a high bar if lying about sex can get you impeached.

This is a bigly development. And it's an actually true news fact of record-setting by a President of the United States.

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