The big news of the week was that Robert Mueller convened a grand jury for his investigation into Trump campaign collusion with Russian meddling in the election. This was reported widely in all mainstream media sources.
But on the topic of big news, Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, sees it differently. The news of the grand jury was expected, as he explains in this tweet:
Not sure why all the hyperventilating re: Russia grand jury. Mueller hired 16 prosecutors. Of course there would be GJ. This will take time.— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) August 4, 2017
The grand jury was inevitable because it is the normal course in a case like this. However, there was a bit of news this week that he found more significant. Specifically, the report that Mueller is seeking documents on Flynn in the New York Times. This is a much more significant development in the case:
If true, request for WH documents re: Flynn's work for Turkey is much more significant than breathless reporting about GJ yesterday. Much. https://t.co/WdWLeD78PZ— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) August 5, 2017
And why is this more significant?
Direct evidence of a crime is being sought, not the mere setting up of an investigative body— BobMueller'sGlare (@PolPOTUS2017) August 5, 2017
And Bharara replies:
Precisely. https://t.co/96JqJt9vZV— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) August 5, 2017
So this means that Mueller’s investigation is in full swing. It is has gone past the setting up phase and is now pursuing direct evidence of a crime. The investigation will take time, but perhaps this signals that the investigation will start moving at a quicker pace. In any case, Bharara believes that this is a significant development, and he should know.