Grand Juries, Mueller, And Trump, by Karl Denninger.
Mueller has reportedly convened a Grand Jury …
The opportunity to fire Mueller … 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….
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.
A grand jury is a legal body empowered to conduct official proceedings and investigate potential criminal conduct, and determine whether criminal charges should be brought. A grand jury may compel the production of documents and compel sworn testimony of witnesses to appear before it. A grand jury is separate from the courts, which do not preside over its functioning.
The United States and Liberia are the only countries that retain grand juries, though … most others now employ some other form of preliminary hearing.
Grand juries perform both accusatory and investigatory functions. The investigatory functions of grand juries include obtaining and reviewing documents and other evidence, and hearing sworn testimonies of witnesses who appear before it; the accusatory function determines whether there is probable cause to believe that one or more persons committed a certain offence within the venue of a district court.
A grand jury in the United States is usually composed of 16 to 23 citizens … The grand jury is so named because traditionally it has greater number of jurors than a trial jury.
The function of a grand jury is to accuse persons who may be guilty of an offense, but the institution is also a shield against unfounded and oppressive prosecution. It is a means for lay citizens, representative of the community, to participate in the administration of justice.