Even as the public fireworks have resumed this week in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal, with Michael Flynn looking more guilty than ever and most of the key players in the Trump White House now being dragged down by him, it turns out plenty is playing out behind the scenes as well. According to inside sourcing, there are now two grand juries underway in the Trump-Russia investigation, one of them further along than the other.
Here’s the latest word from Washington insider Claude Taylor from the Bill Clinton administration: “This just in from a source with knowledge of Comey’s investigation. ‘Two grand juries have convened and I know that one is almost complete.'” (link). This represents a crucial turning point. Although the FBI is leading the Trump-Russia investigation, it was inevitably going to require the cooperation of the Department of Justice in order to proceed beyond a certain point. The convening of grand juries means that the DOJ is in fact playing ball.
This news comes nearly simultaneous to a new report from Politico this afternoon (link) which states that U.S. Attorney Dana Boente has officially taken charge of the Trump-Russia investigation at the DOJ. Mary McCord had been serving in that role on a temporary basis, but she recently announced she’ll depart in May. Now it turns out Boente is taking McCord’s place. These two grand juries were clearly underway before today’s news about Boente. But his taking the reins of the investigation today may be what led to the leak about the grand juries this evening.
Russian hacker Peter Levashov, who may or may not be connected to the Trump-Russia investigation, was indicted eight days ago (Justice Dept). But these two newly revealed grand juries are still underway, meaning they’re focused on other people. Grand juries nearly always return indictments, as they only require enough evidence to justify allowing a prosecutor to proceed with a case. So this means an indictment of at least one person involved in the Trump-Russia scandal should come soon, with another coming thereafter. Contribute to Palmer Report
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