The legal net around Donald Trump’s beleaguered presidency tightened dramatically this week with news that a grand jury has been established a few hundred yards from the White House – to pursue evidence of collusion with the Kremlin.
It is a troubling development for the president for several reasons.
In the US legal system a grand jury has broad powers to issue subpoenas and ultimately indictments at the request of prosecutors.
‘This sets the scene of action for criminal trials where charges will be laid – in the worst possible jurisdiction for Trump’ said Scott Horton – a lecturer at Columbia Law School.
‘Compared to Virginia Republicans in DC are few and far between’.
The grand jury is also clear evidence that the inquiry is widening – not tapering off.
It suggests that the special counsel is exploring possible crimes committed inside the District of Columbia.