Judge Beryl Howell could be the one person who ultimately decides the fate of President Trump. Have you ever heard of her?
She’s the judge who reportedly approved of Special Investigator Robert Mueller’s request for a grand jury to question Trump officials.
Howell was made a federal judge in 2010 by President Obama. She has extensive knowledge when it comes to cyber-security, so she understands some of the intricacies involved in tech-heavy cases. Her experience comes from working in the office of Senator Patrick Leahy and in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
And now she’s in the position to be the arbiter of whether Trump’s presidency is in jeopardy.
Here’s more info via the Daily Beast:
Behind the scenes, 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 executive privilege to get out of testifying under oath before Mueller’s grand jury.
Wow. That’s a lot of power. If Trump isn’t careful, this judge could pave the way for impeachment and an end to his term.
One former federal prosecutor is recommending that the president’s lawyers ask Howell to step aside. “Knowing that Chief Judge Howell, Andrew Weissman, and Loretta Lynch all spent their formative years together as young prosecutors in Brooklyn during a crime ridden period in New York, an attorney representing the President’s interests would be committing malpractice not to ask Chief Judge Howell to step aside and forgo ruling on crucial issues such as the validity of Executive Privilege for witness testimony or assertion of other privileges in this D.C. grand jury process,” he told the Daily Beast.
Some Trump supporters are already expressing skepticism over whether she can be an impartial judge in this case.
Judge Beryl Howell appointed by Obama in 2010, a Democrat who supported Hillary in 2016 election. He's not to be trusted at all!👎😡
— Leslie M. Taylor (@LeslieMTaylor1) August 10, 2017
Obama-appointed judge Beryl Howell : Border fence is racist against Mexicans | Now Judge overseeing Mueller SC WTF! https://t.co/C9OaxZYfV2
— LBL Suffix (@suffix_lbl) August 10, 2017
Howell’s closeness with Lynch is definitely a red flag. Let’s hope Trump’s legal team is ready for Howell. Fighting off the investigation from Mueller is tough enough already.
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