Things are NOT over from the Special Counsel Office….
The Grand Jury has been extended until June and Mueller’s office is actually funded to the fall….
The final chapter that people think is out?
Apparently isn’t? gonna be for a while even if Mueller and his people will be winding down working together….
The special counsel grand jury that investigated Russian collusion into the 2016 presidential election is “continuing robustly” despite the end of Robert Mueller’s probe, a federal prosecutor said in court Wednesday.
The revelation — while laced with uncertainty — indicates that the ongoing cases Mueller handed off after concluding his probe could still feature significant developments, legal experts said.
David Goodhand, an assistant U.S. attorney, acknowledged the grand jury’s active status during a hearing in federal district court over a push to unveil the identity of a foreign state-owned firm that has been held in contempt for defying a Mueller subpoena.
The mystery company’s case was denied a hearing earlier this week before the Supreme Court, and in the meantime the open government group Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press has sought access to all materials in the clandestine litigation, including the company’s identity.
During a brief open hearing Wednesday, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court, Beryl Howell, pressed Goodhand to say if the grand jury Mueller had been using in the case remained active.
“It is continuing,” the prosecutor replied. “It’s continuing robustly.”
The fact the grand jury is continuing its work adds a new wrinkle to the Mueller probe, which Attorney General William Barr announced on Friday was finished…..
There are reports that Mueller’s open cases will be handed over to other US Attorney Office’s making it difficult for Trump to halt them…
On Monday, a day after Barr released his summary report of the special counsel’s work, seven special counsel prosecutors handed off their case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his deputy Rick Gates and their longtime associate in the Ukraine, Konstantin Kilimnik.
At least four assistant U.S. attorneys from the D.C. office will deal with any residual issues involving the case, which has resulted in Manafort serving a 7.5-year prison sentence for a series of financial fraud, obstruction and conspiracy charges. Gates is cooperating with authorities in exchange for a recommendation of a more lenient penalty, while Kilimnik has been charged with witness tampering but remains out of reach of U.S. prosecution while living in Moscow.
Federal prosecutors in D.C. are also expected to take over Mueller’s cases against both Roger Stone and Concord Management and Consulting, the Russian-based company led by a close associate of President Vladimir Putin that has hired American lawyers to fight back on charges it helped orchestrate the massive online campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
The change in command is fresh enough that the special counsel’s lawyers remain listed on the docket in both cases….