Two days before Attorney General William Barr gave his scant, four-page summary of the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller to key members of Congress and the public, a senior Justice Department official told Politico that there would be no further indictments in the Russia investigation
Yet on Wednesday of this week, we learned (again from Politico) that one of Mueller’s grand juries in Washington, D.C. is “continuing robustly” despite that earlier denial of other indictments being handed down:
“David Goodhand, an assistant U.S. attorney, acknowledged the grand jury’s active status during a hearing in U.S. District Court over a push to unveil the identity of a foreign state-owned firm that has been held in contempt for defying a Mueller subpoena.
“During a brief open hearing Wednesday, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for D.C., Beryl Howell, pressed Goodhand to say whether the grand jury Mueller had been using in the case remained active.
“‘It is continuing,’ the prosecutor replied. ‘It’s continuing robustly.'”
Something here doesn’t add up.
Legal experts are now saying that the presence of that Mueller grand jury could signal big trouble for President Donald Trump in the near future, with Gene Rossi, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Virginia noting:
“I worked with the prosecutor [Goodhand] in this matter. He uses his words very carefully. The use of ‘robustly’ is not bluster or gratuitous. That word strongly suggests that the handoffs from Robert Mueller’s office are alive and kicking and that the Washington U.S. Attorney’s Office could be another troubling front for the president and the White House.”
In other words, much as Mueller handed off pieces of the investigation to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, it appears the special counsel did the same thing with the U.S. Attorney’s office in the District of Columbia.
AG Barr assures us that the Mueller investigation has ended, and he may be right, at least technically, because Robert Mueller has completed his work. But the other investigations spawned as a result of his work still have the potential to take one hell of a nasty bite out of Trump and members of his family, especially Don Jr., Eric, and Ivanka, along with Jared Kushner.
So while the White House claims vindication, it now appears their celebration may be extremely premature.
Here’s more on the Mueller grand jury from Rachel Maddow: