Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a Washington, D.C. grand jury for his probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
On Fox News, Andrew Napolitano referred to news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a jury in Washington DC in his probe of supposed Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Napolitano said on August 3, "It doesn't mean they have a target. It doesn't mean they think somebody's guilty. It just means they need this tool, this instrument called a subpoena, in order to gather more information to decide where to go next." The impaneling of the grand jury grants powerful investigative tools to Mueller who may subpoena documents, put witnesses under oath, and seek indictments, if there is evidence of a crime.
A grand jury consists of 23 jurors who are impaneled in secret.
"You put a witness on before them. In this case, probably an FBI agent, who will testify to what information she or he has already gathered," Napolitano said. On the basis of that testimony, Napolitano said, the grand jury may vote to issue subpoenas.
Napolitano was not entirely in agreement with the notion that the impaneling of the grand jury necessarily means that Mueller is moving to a more rigorous investigation of the Russian narrative. He said he believes that Mueller has found something that will be explained to the grand jury, which can then vote to issue a subpoena.
"It doesn't mean that this is going to be over soon. It doesn't mean it's going to go on forever. It just means it's moving methodically, professionally, and there is something there worthy of the grand jury's attention," he said.