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Dershowitz: Mueller's DC Grand Jury Might be Bad For Trump

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By    |   Friday, 04 Aug 2017 06:38 PM

The decision to impanel multiple grand juries in Washington, D.C. for the government's Russia probe might be a bad sign for President Donald Trump or anyone else being investigated, attorney Alan Dershowitz said Friday.

Dershowitz spoke with WABC Radio host Rita Cosby and was asked about the existence of a second grand jury in the Department of Justice's Russia investigation that is being led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

"The second one is important because of where it is. It gives the prosecutor the power to indict in the District of Columbia, which is a district that is heavily Democratic, and would have a jury pool very unfavorable to Trump and the Trump administration," Dershowitz said.

"So it gives the prosecutor a tremendous tactical advantage. If he wants to bring a case against anybody in the administration, the case now can be brought not in Northern Virginia, which is a swing area, sometimes Democrat, sometimes Republican, but the District of Columbia, which is always solidly Democratic and has an ethnic and racial composition that might be very unfavorable to the Trump administration."

Cosby then asked Dershowitz if he thinks the move "stacks the deck" against Trump.

"Yes. Yes, I do," Dershowitz said. "I think it's a tactical move designed to send a message that if the prosecutor decides to prosecute, he will have a real advantage with the jury pool where the case will be held, provided there is jurisdiction in the District of Columbia, and there would be generally jurisdiction almost anywhere."

The existence of a grand jury in the Russia probe was first reported Thursday. It signals that Mueller's team is continuing to dig into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

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The decision to impanel multiple grand juries in Washington, D.C. for the government's Russia probe might be a bad sign for President Donald Trump or anyone else being investigated, attorney Alan Dershowitz said Friday.
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