- This is an interesting development as a grand jury gives Mueller the ability to subpoena witnesses and documents; and if the evidence warrants it, Mueller has a panel of jurors who he can present his evidence for a determination on the ultimate questions: (1) Did the president or members of his campaign commit a crime or crimes in meeting with Russian officials; (2) Did the Trump campaign collude with Russian to tilt the election to Trump; and (3) If Russian interfered in the 2016 general election, what measures can be undertaken to prohibit Russia from interfering in future elections.
It is this third scenario that has been lost in the partisan push back over both the congressional investigations and the special counsel’s investigation.
If in fact Russia attempted to sway American public opinion through cyber espionage, American citizens have a right to know it and to expect their government to take steps to prevent cyber espionage that could lead to a foreign government manipulating the debate on the issues that are in the best interest of Americans.
Mueller has quickly and quietly gone about his investigation in spite of the pointed barbs hurled, or more aptly, tweeted in his direction by Trump.
So what does the impaneling of a grand jury means:
Some political pundits speculate that it means Muller is close to bringing indictments in this case.
This writer is of the opinion that Mueller has not completely figured out what transpired between the Russian officials and the Trump campaign, or whether the President has engaged in efforts to cover up any involvement with the Russians, but he has put himself one step closer to figuring it all out.
The grand jury will give Mueller the vehicle he needs to issue a Comprehensive report on the question of collusion or administration attempts to cover up or otherwise impede the investigation.
The latter two questions could lead to criminal charges. If they do, Mueller’s grand jury is in place to issue what the law calls “a true bill of indictment” against the person or persons the grand jury believe have committed crimes against the people of the United States of America.
Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist. He is a contributing writer at The Hill, The SCLC Magazine and Southern Changes Magazine. He can be contacted at www.haroldmichaelharvey.com