Grand Juries, Mueller, And Trump
If you’re Donald Trump that Mueller has reportedly convened a Grand Jury in his probe won’t keep you up at night. It is pretty-well settled that the DOJ cannot indict a sitting President.
However, if you’re anyone other than Trump and have either assisted him in the election process, in the transition or afterward and have had any sort of contact, directly or indirectly, with anyone Russian or for that matter anything else that might be construed to be a problem you won’t be sleeping well for quite some time.
Nobody else is immune from indictment while Trump is in office — not his kids, not his wife, nobody.
The opportunity to fire Mueller, which I think there’s a pretty clear argument for based on the appearance of conflict of interest, just expired. Firing him now may not get Trump impeached but it will destroy any ability for him to get one vote from a Democrat and a sizable number of Republicans for anything he wants for the remainder of his term.
Oh, and Trump can be indicted on the day he leaves office — so the fact that he can’t be indicted while President is no protection — it’s only a deferral. Theoretically the proceedings and votes of a Grand Jury are secret. In truth given how badly so-called “secret” things leak these days I expect that “secrecy” to last all about 30 seconds.
Mueller thinks he has something worthy of presentment to the Grand Jury or he wouldn’t do this. I have no idea what it is, but whatever it is he’s reasonably certain he can get at least one indictment out of it — and probably more than one. Remember that a Grand Jury only hears one side of the case — the prosecution’s side. There is no right to be heard or defend yourself before a Grand Jury; that comes later after you get indicted.
This is going to get ugly.
Via Market Ticker.