A witness who testified before a federal grand jury in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation says that President Donald Trump is not getting a “fair shake” because the jury appears to be left-leaning.
The witness told the New York Post’s Page Six that the demographics of the jury are strongly stacked against the president, comparing them to far-left groups.
“The grand jury room looks like a Bernie Sanders rally,” the source told Page Six. “Maybe they found these jurors in central casting, or at a Black Lives Matter rally in Berkeley.”
Page Six noted that the witness claims that out of the 20 jurors, “11 are African-Americans and two were wearing ‘peace T-shirts.’” The witness also said, “There was only one white male in the room, and he was a prosecutor.”
“That room isn’t a room where POTUS gets a fair shake,” the witness concluded.
Mueller’s decision to impanel a grand jury from Washington, D.C. was seen by many as a “tactical” decision against Trump because the area is overwhelmingly Democratic.
“It gives the prosecutor the power to indict in the District of Columbia, which is a district that is heavily Democratic, and would have a jury pool very unfavorable to Trump and the Trump Administration,” Alan Dershowitz told WABC radio host Rita Cosby in August. “So it gives the prosecutor a tremendous tactical advantage.”
Nearly 91% of voters in Washington, D.C. voted for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 — just barely 4% voted for Republican candidate Donald Trump. Trump’s approval rating among the African-American community is reported to be as low as 7%.
“The District of Columbia, which is always solidly Democratic and has an ethnic and racial composition that might be very unfavorable to the Trump Administration, so I see the significance not so much that he impaneled the grand jury — you have to impanel the grand jury to get subpoena power — but where he impaneled it," Dershowitz explained.