Former defense attorney and Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett called grand juries an “undemocratic farce” on Thursday, just one day after writing an op-ed asking why a grand jury had not been impaneled for former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonCongress wants Trump Jr. phone records related to Russia meeting Zuckerberg hires top Clinton pollster amid rumors of presidential run: report Democrats’ new ‘Better Deal’ comes up short for people of color MORE‘s mishandling of classified information.
Jarrett weighed in on special counsel Robert Mueller’s decision to impanel a grand jury in the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“There’s only one other nation in the world other than the U.S. that employs a grand jury — it’s Liberia,” Jarrett, a former Court TV host, said Thursday on “Hannity.”
“And there’s a reason why, because everybody now realizes that grand juries are an undemocratic farce.”
“The defense is never there to cross-examine witnesses and to challenge the evidence. Prosecutors spoon-feed only incriminating evidence and nothing exculpatory. It is as undemocratic as you can get, it is the antithesis of justice,” he continued.
“And it’s even worse here because Robert Mueller impaneled a Washington, D.C., grand jury, where Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBorder patrol was ordered not to engage with congressmen, lawyers during travel ban Trump says he never called White House ‘a dump’ Trump to sign memo on Chinese intel property trade practices Friday: report MORE got a mere 11,000 votes compared to Hillary Clinton’s 260,000 votes. I daresay there is probably not a single person on that grand jury that likes Donald Trump. So it is doubly unfair,” Jarrett concluded.
Jarrett’s comments came one day after an opinion piece on FoxNews.com in which he called on Mueller to also investigate Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee for president, for her mishandling of classified information, asking why a grand jury had not been impaneled.
“There is something fundamentally unfair when a special counsel is appointed to investigate the winner of a presidential contest, but not the loser,” wrote Jarrett.
“There is much to investigate. Did Comey usurp the authority of the Attorney General in terminating the Clinton email investigation? How could downloading more than a hundred classified documents onto Clinton’s private and unsecured email server not constitute crimes under the Espionage Act? Why were five people given immunity while others invoked the Fifth Amendment, yet no grand jury was impaneled?” Jarrett asked.
Legal experts say the decision to impanel a grand jury is fairly typical in cases like the Russia investigation.
White House special counsel Ty Cobb said his team will fully cooperate.
“The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly,” Cobb said in a statement. “The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”