Hmm: Grand jury sent home Thursday without indicting Andrew McCabe

Hmm: Grand jury sent home Thursday without indicting Andrew McCabe
Andrew McCabe testifies to a Senate committee in 2017. (Image: Screen grab of PBS video)

[Ed. – This was after the USDA, Jessie Liu, had reportedly recommended indictment. Paul Mirengoff discusses possibilities here (more intelligently than in most other online venues).  One point I would make about his thesis is that at a grand jury proceeding, there isn’t someone arguing for the potential defendant that a public official has poisoned the legal environment against him.  It’s strictly about the merits of the prosecutor’s case. So grand jurors would have to have Trump’s attacks on McCabe in their own minds, without prompting.]

Jessie Liu, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, apparently has decided to bring a criminal case against McCabe. His lawyers reportedly appealed this decision to the Deputy Attorney General who reportedly denied the appeal.

But yesterday came and went without a grand jury indictment, and the grand jury, which had reconvened after a month to consider the case, reportedly was sent home.

What does this mean? Quite possibly, it means nothing. However, another possibility is that the grand jury balked at the prosecutor’s recommendation to indict.

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Whether or not that’s the case, President Trump, through his public attacks on McCabe, has made it more difficult to indict and convict McCabe.

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