The Special Counsel’s grand jury matches the timing of requests from two Senate committees, making this a double whammy for the beleaguered Trump administration.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller convened a grand jury in Washington D.C. recently. The Wall Street Journal broke the revelation on 3 August, quickly followed with more details from the NY Times and The Washington Post. The actual date of the grand jury is not specific other than a reference to “a few weeks ago.”
Lost in the newest headlines is a similar probe by two US Senate committees sent on 19 July, which would coincide with the time frame of Robert Mueller’s grand jury.
The Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees requested detailed material from Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner in pursuit of their investigation into alleged Russian interference and possible collusion by the Trump campaign. The correspondence to the trio asks for “all communications to, from or copied” from dozens of names.
Judging from the listed names, many Russian, the Senate investigation is focused on the June 2016 meeting with the Trump trio, a Russian lawyer and at least four others.
The Times noted that Mueller was “investigating a June 9, 2016, meeting set up by Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, based on the expectation of getting damaging information about Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer.”
The timing of the Senate’s requests and Mueller’s grand jury appear to be reinforcing measures. The grand jury has issued subpoenas, which are legally binding requests for information. The Senate’s parallel actions are “requests” and are not binding. However, according to all reports, the substance of both inquiries at the very least includes the 16 June meeting.
The Trump team now faces a two-pronged assault from two different sources: the US Senate and the Special Counsel.
You can almost hear the screws tightening.
It’s Super Tuesday. The Democratic 2016 Presidential campaign is in full swing with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battling it out in the national arena with 12 states up for grabs today. Yet while all this hoopla is going on, a small fact remains quietly perched on the political back burner: Sanders is also running for re-election as a U.S. Senator. His Senate seat will be decided anew with the 2018 midterm cycle, and if Vermonters vote favorably, he’ll take office at the age of 77 for his third term.
Interestingly, Sanders is running as an Independent. Even more curious, his donors are unlike those behind his Presidential bid. Continue reading “Bernie’s Senate Re-Election Bid Active”
Choice quotes from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after meeting with President Obama and House Republicans today in efforts to find a way to re-open government and deal with a debt ceiling vote.
On House Republicans:
THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY WANT. I hope the Republicans decide what they want.
Said with a suggestion of sadness, a move past frustration and anger, acknowledging that Speaker John Boehner and the House GOP are twisting on their own petard.
On the reality of government service:
We are here. The government should be open. Now.
On working with GOP House proposals:
The House has a unique form of legislating: it’s hour by hour.
That Harry Reid can manage this slide of humor when faced with the slings and arrows, the nursery rhymes and hostage demands, the ineptitude and the dismal status of the government says much about this man’s will.
On the need for immediate reopening of the government.
There is so much pain and suffering out there. It is tear-jerking.
This is called compassion, a quality that is rarely demonstrated among House Republicans and their Tea Party comrades.
On negotiating with the House GOP before a debt ceiling is passed:
Not going to happen.
Brevity – also missing from GOP tirades.