According to a report from Page Six, a witness who recently testified before Robert Mueller’s grand jury said that the people the special counsel has assembled to investigate matters of Trump and Russia appear to be a group of left-wing “Resistance” fighters that couldn’t be more stereotypically liberal if they tried.
“The grand jury room looks like a Bernie Sanders rally,” the source said. “Maybe they found these jurors in central casting, or at a Black Lives Matter rally in Berkeley.”
From Page Six:
Of the 20 jurors, 11 are African-Americans and two were wearing “peace T-shirts,” the witness said. “There was only one white male in the room, and he was a prosecutor.” Mueller was not present.
The Washington, DC, grand jury, which meets only on Fridays, handed down its first indictments in October, charging Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, and his partner Rick Gates with money laundering and failing to register as foreign agents. The two are pleading not guilty.
Mueller’s team is expected to bring more charges against Manafort relating to his work on behalf of the Ukrainian government in the years before Trump became a candidate.
Sol Wachtler, the former chief judge in New York, once called for abolishing grand juries because they are so easily manipulated that they would “indict a ham sandwich.”
My source said, “That room isn’t a room where POTUS gets a fair shake.”
This is cause for some degree of alarm, but it doesn’t particularly go against the grain of our intuitions. Grand juries are a tool of the prosecution, and defense attorneys rarely have any say in how they are convened or the evidence that goes before them. As the Page Six report outlines, grand juries are notoriously quick to indict, just as judges are usually inclined to do so in the grand jury alternative, preliminary hearings. Mueller is going to get any and all indictments that he wants, but none of them prove or even insinuate that he can actually sell his case to a legitimate jury in a court of law. And if he stacked the grand jury with Antifa sympathizers and social justice warriors, the indictments say exactly nothing about the strength of his case against Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, or any other Trump associate.
We’ve had our doubts about the legitimacy of this investigation for some time, but now we’re beginning to wonder if even Mueller is taking it seriously. Is this really supposed to lead to a firm accusation of collusion? Or even obstruction of justice? Or is this investigation purely an exercise in politics, being dragged out for the benefit of Democrats and NeverTrump forces within the federal government?
If so, why the hell are we paying for it?