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originally posted by: The GUT
a reply to: burntheships
I do believe she's busted this time. Too much attention. The only way I don't see her in trouble is if she's honest. Like I said I think she's busted this time.
President Donald Trump’s new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, now has almost unlimited authority over the Russia investigation led by Robert Mueller.
Democrats have warned that Whitaker, a Trump loyalist and vocal critic of the probe, may fire Mueller, but he has many other ways to hamper, or even freeze, the investigation. Many of these steps may be largely invisible to the public and even lawmakers.
Here are some of the things Whitaker could do to hobble Mueller:
He could block indictments or subpoenas
Mueller didn’t take any major public actions in the weeks before Tuesday’s congressional elections, but he’s prepared to take significant steps in its aftermath, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
Those actions could involve seeking new indictments from a grand jury or a subpoena forcing Trump to sit for an interview. But now, Mueller will need to get Whitaker’s sign-off for those and other major steps -- which he could withhold.
Whitaker also could take more subtle approaches to slowing Mueller’s work. One possible tactic would be continually telling prosecutors that their requests require more work or evidence before moving to the next stage, said Jeffrey Cramer, a former federal prosecutor.
“There are certainly ways short of firing Mueller to influence the investigation,” Cramer said. “It’s much easier, must more subtle, to slow-walk things. That’s the concern.”
Mueller’s New Boss Has Broad Powers to Throttle Trump Probe