Earlier this week, individuals who are involved in the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller is using a grand jury in Washington, D.C. to assist in his inquiry. Mueller started using a Virginia grand jury shortly after he was appointed in May, but the addition of the grand jury in Washington suggests that the scope of the investigation is widening.
On Saturday, Asha Rangappa, who is a CNN national security analyst, an Associate Dean of Yale Law School, and a former FBI agent, weighed in on the significance of the new grand jury. She explained:
‘The new grand jury is an indication that this is expanding. This is probably still in the early stages. It would be normal at this point to collect more evidence, so they want possibly financial records, they want people to come in and testify under oath to get more information and they’re going to use that to proceed. So this is going to be one stage of many as I explained to some people, if this were a TV drama, this might be Episode 4. So, stay tuned. There’s more coming.’
Rangappa also commented on the news that Mueller has requested documents related to Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Investigators have also reportedly questioned witnesses about whether or not Flynn was paid by the Turkish government to lobby against a critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Regarding the information about Flynn that Mueller is seeking, Rangappa said:
‘They probably honed in on a crime or some set of crimes that they want to get more information on.’
At this point, The Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin chimed in and suggested that Trump has tried so hard to defend Flynn since he was ousted in January because he “knows things.”
‘You have to think that Flynn knows things. Flynn is in the midst of the transition…so you have to think that he is a key player in this.’
Flynn started a lot of drama for the president back in January when he lied about meeting with a Russian ambassador, and things have only gotten worse since then. The former national security advisor definitely seems to be a “key player,” and it’s no wonder Mueller and his team are keeping an eye on him.
The Associated Press revealed earlier this week that Flynn has plans to release an amended financial disclosure, despite having been out of the White House for more than six months. A source close to Flynn said that he was releasing the disclosure so that the “public record is accurate and transparent.” It seems more likely that he’s getting nervous and is trying to cover his tracks.
Watch Rangappa and Rubin’s comments on Flynn and the grand jury in the video below, available via YouTube.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.