What May Come of This Investigation.
In the Clinton e-mail case, a grand jury was impanelled to issue some subpoenas—a fact that was only recently discovered—but it was never used to issue any indictments. What a grand jury can do is compel compel the production of documents and other evidence. Grand Juries can drag on as in the case of Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.
What Could Speed it Up?
Obviously, it will go at its own speed, but Trump’s case (unlike Nixon and Clinton) could investigate treason – if it could be proven that Trump, his family or staff directly involved Russia in trying to overthrow democracy in the last election. Were bribes involved? Was money-laundering part of a pattern that continued before the election, but still influenced it?
What to Expect Next?
After Mueller uses the grand jury to compel the production of documents and other evidence from targets and witnesses in the investigation, he will likely begin bringing witnesses in for testimony. “Friendly” witnesses may testify before the F.B.I. Others, will appear before a grand jury and give testimony under oath. Such testimony will be transcribed to lock in testimony from more adversarial witnesses.
Trump’s lawyer yesterday welcomed the news and stated that the President wasn’t under investigation.
“The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly,” Ty Cobb, a special counsel to the President, said. “The White House is committed to fully coöperating with Mr. Mueller.”
Really? Trump has insulted Sessions, his Attorney General, perhaps, hoping that he would resign and another replacement could stop Mueller’s investigation.
Trump v Grand Jury
The grand jury makes it more difficult and politically explosive for Trump to attempt to dismiss Mueller. The current workings of the grand jury is, in itself, concrete evidence that criminal charges are pending. Trump’s buildings have many Russians and some of those are directly connected to money laundering and the Russia Mafia. One rich Russian tycoon paid Trump nearly double the price for one of his homes. It has been recorded that the Russian has never lived there.
Karma: it comes to us all. Trump has divided America along racist lines. There have been an increase in the rates of crimes against Muslims, Jews and LGBTI persons. His healthcare bill, if it had passed without changes, would have snatched health care from an estimated 20-30 million Americans. He has loosened environmental controls that allow companies to spew chemicals into the rivers. He has withdrawn his support from the Paris Climate Agreement. He and his daughter, Ivanka, have not brought back one of their overseas companies. He has NOT put his company in ‘blind trust’ nor released his tax forms, like other U.S Presidents. He has invited his son-in-law and daughter to be advisers – neither having political experience. He has sacked more staff than any other President. Now, he has to face the full power of the Justice of America. Time will tell.