A judge who could “decide Trump’s fate” previously served as senior counsel for Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.).
The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that Beryl Howell, who was appointed as a federal judge by President Barack Obama in 2010, signed off Mueller’s request to form a grand jury that will seek to gather documents and question Trump associates.
Howell’s role could become “far more active,” the Daily Beast reported. The grand jury could potentially put together a report that could start impeachment proceedings that would have to be signed off by Howell before becoming available to Congress or the public.
Howell served as senior counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee for Democratic Sen. Leahy from 1993 to 1996 and then became the committee’s general counsel from 1997 to 2003.
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