Ken Starr, the special counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton back in the 1990s, had some advice Friday for his counterpart, Robert Mueller, the man in charge of investigating Russian interference in last year's election: Don't make it a "fishing expedition".
However, data shows stock market performance grew much more rapidly under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama, who both achieved more than double the growth that has been seen under Trump's administration so far. In federal criminal cases, federal grand juries are made up of 16 to 23 members.
News of the newly empaneled grand jury is a clear sign that the answers may ultimately come out. "It's the grand jury that actually issues the subpoenas".
Christie said Mueller, who was director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation when Christie was a USA attorney, is a "good man" who would try not to overstep his mandate - although that was always a concern with special counsels, he added, because they might try to produce results to justify their appointments. But indictments aren't the only thing a grand jury can produce - and in 45's case, the other possibilities might be just as devastating. As the former chief judge of NY famously put it, a prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. For a federal grand jury, all USA citizens over the age of 18 living in the federal district court's geographic jurisdiction are in the pool.
But for Trump, who is just six months into his presidency, it represents more turmoil after an exodus of top White House officials and humiliating recent reverses in Congress.
Defendants are brought to trial in the venue where they are indicted. He then mocked the entire investigation saying, "Are there any Russians here tonight?" But now that a second grand jury has been impanelled in D.C., any defendant indicated by that grand jury would be tried in front of a D.C. petit jury comprised of citizens of the District.
Special counsels tend to go where the trail leads.
There are no defense lawyers.
NBC and MSNBC correspondent Kasie Hunt haunted the halls of Congress on Thursday to ask Republicans and Democrats alike a simple question: "Do you think Donald Trump is honest?"
It hardly seems possible that a scant year ago, Trump managed to horrify most right-thinking Americans when he began attacking Judge Gonzalo Curiel. The court then randomly chooses candidates for the grand jury from this pool. A predominantly white jury can be a different institution than a predominantly black jury.
The initial response to reporters from the Justice Department press office was to simply send a transcript of Lynch's response to a question about the meeting, during an event she held in Phoenix.
Like Trump's embrace of the legislation curtailing legal immigration, some of what the president has to offer his core supporters is more show than substance. "I work in Congress". "They're trying to cheat you out of the leadership that you want with a fake story", Trump told a rally in Huntington, West Virginia last night.
Rep. Maxine Waters, meanwhile, called Dershowitz a racist, to which he replied that she has no idea what she's talking about. We will not stand for it. "Right now I'm not so sure". Most people don't think he's honest if you believe this poll. From this unique vantage point, I can understand how a motivated prosecutor, in a broad investigation into the financial affairs of high-profile individuals, can become overzealous toward the targets of such probes - with calamitous results.