Robert Ray Quoted in Bloomberg on Trump-Russia Probe

“How a Grand Jury Fits in the Trump-Russia Probe”

The news that special counsel Robert Mueller, the one-time FBI director appointed to investigate suspected Russian tampering in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties to Donald Trump’s campaign, is working with a federal grand jury in Washington suggests that the scope of the probe has been broadened. Another federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, had earlier begun investigating the activities of retired U.S. Army General Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser. Flynn, whose company Flynn Intel Group was based in Alexandria, resigned after just three weeks after failing to disclose contacts with then-Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.

Yes. A grand jury was convened to investigate the ties of Clinton and her husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton to an Arkansas real estate deal, known as Whitewater, that went bad. While the two were cleared in that probe, independent counsel Robert Ray said in a 2002 report that he’d accrued sufficient evidence through related grand jury proceedings to charge Bill Clinton in connection with his answers given under oath about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Ray said he declined to charge the president and cited other penalties, such as the suspension of Clinton’s law license and a $90,000 civil contempt fine.