Posted In: Blog/News on August 7, 2019
Geoff’s piece titled “Grand Jury Secrecy and Jerry Nadler: Watergate abuses continue to inform President Trump’s pursuers” was featured this week on The American Spectator.
Here’s an excerpt:
Here’s the inside story: Watergate special prosecutors convinced themselves that the HJC would never collect enough information to impeach Richard Nixon, precisely because they couldn’t compel grand jury testimony under threat of indictment. They resolved to find a way to transmit what they thought they had learned to the Committee and hit upon a creative approach.
The Fifth Amendment specifically states that “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury … ” They would claim the grand jury could issue a “presentment,” a totally unknown and undefined concept, that would lay out a case against Richard Nixon. Of course, the transmittal would be sealed, so it could not be challenged or refuted by Nixon’s defense team.