Fox News senior judicial analyst, Judge Napolitano spoke with Neil Cavuto Thursday about the news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in the Russia probe.
Earlier in the day it was announced by the Wall Street Journal that Mueller had impaneled a Washington, D.C. grand jury for his probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Judge Andrew Napolitano explained that grand juries are powerful investigative tools that allow prosecutors to subpoena documents, put witnesses under oath and seek indictments, if there is evidence of a crime.
“It doesn’t mean they have a target. It doesn’t mean they think somebody’s guilty. It just means they need this tool, this instrument called a subpoena, in order to gather more information to decide where to go next,” Napolitano said.
The grand jury signals that Mr. Mueller’s inquiry will likely continue for months.
Ty Cobb, special counsel to the president, said he wasn’t aware that Mr. Mueller had started using a new grand jury. “The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly.…The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, “before Mr. Mueller was tapped in May to be special counsel, federal prosecutors had been using at least one other grand jury, located in Alexandria, Va., to assist in their criminal investigation of Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser. That probe, which has been taken over by Mr. Mueller’s team, focuses on Mr. Flynn’s work in the private sector on behalf of foreign interests.”
Mueller requested in recent weeks that Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia impanel a grand jury for his use. She granted the request, The WSJ confirms this to be true by citing “people familiar with the probe.”
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