- Judge Beryl Howell, who could decide Trump’s fate, worked for Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee
- Howell signed off on Mueller’s request to assemble a grand jury
- If grand jury put together a report that would kick off impeachment proceedings, Howell is the person to approve making any of its findings public (or available to Congress)
From Daily Beast:
Beryl Howell is in a position to make pivotal decisions. And her importance could only grow. Federal court rules indicate that she signed off on Mueller’s request to assemble a grand jury, a highly secretive gathering of about two dozen people in Washington’s E. Barrett Prettyman courthouse that will grill witnesses and demand Trump associates’ documents.
And if (well, when) Team Trump’s lawyers hit back, Howell will be the umpire-in-chief: deciding whether or not Trump allies’ lawyers can quash subpoenas, and whether or not people like Jared Kushner can invoke what’s known as…
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