IMPEACHMENT? MUELLER’S GRAND JURY MAY BE FOR TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT, NOT INDICTMENT

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Is Robert Mueller’s impaneling of a new grand jury in Washington step one in the impeachment of President Donald Trump?

  •  No indictable crime is required to trigger impeachment proceedings
  • Justice Department’s assignment of a prosecutor to investigate Trump without specifying a crime or the factual basis for a criminal investigation
  • A grand jury may issue a report that recommends an official’s removal from office

     

 

( National Review by Andrew C. McCarthy ) The principal function of a federal grand jury is to investigate a suspected crime with an eye toward returning an indictment — a formal accusation of felony misconduct. In the alternative, a grand jury may file a “no true bill,” a formal finding that the prosecutor failed to show probable cause that the subject of the investigation committed a crime. Sometimes, however, to vote yea or nay on a proposed indictment is not the grand jury’s only option. In certain situations, federal law authorizes a grand jury to file a report detailing its findings, even if criminal charges are not forthcoming. One such situation involves investigations of public officials. Instead of returning an indictment, a grand jury may issue a report that recommends an official’s removal from office.

 

These columns have lamented the Justice Department’s assignment of a prosecutor to investigate the president without specifying a crime or the factual basis for a criminal investigation. We’ve also observed that no indictable crime is required to trigger impeachment proceedings. Neither, we now note, is a provable crime a prerequisite for the issuance of a grand-jury report.

Thus, the question arises: Is Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s impaneling of a new grand jury in Washington step one in the impeachment of President Donald Trump?

 

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450183/robert-mueller-grand-jury-report-law-crime-military-justice-conduct-unbecoming-impeachment

 

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