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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury has been granted a six-month extension, according to CNN, giving him the ability to continue to use the body to hear testimony and possibly secure indictments well into 2019.

Grand juries are impaneled for 18 months initially. The jury in question began in July 2017, and its term was set to expire on Jan. 6 without the extension. Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the DC District Court granted the extension, according to CNN.

“It’s notable how much the DC community has embraced the months-long theory of an imminent report and conclusion to the investigation, even as that theory continually fails to predict events,” noted legal commentator Luppe Luppen.

Ken White, another legal analyst, appeared to read less into the move.

“Extending a federal grand jury’s term is not unusual. I would say it’s routine,” he wrote on Twitter. “When it’s a grand jury convened for specific purposes, it shows the supervising judge is satisfied that the job isn’t done yet. But it’s not a very rigorous test.”

The grand jury’s term cannot be extended after the six months are up.

 

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Madison Cawthorn

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The Republican party seems to be having trouble trying to be the Christian Taliban and hating on LGBT people when they’ve got Rep. Madison Cawthorn in their ranks. His presence is making it so much harder for them to suppress their inner self-loathing--homosexuality and moral hypocrisy.

We all know politicians secretly love illicit drugs as much as taking bribes or paying off strippers they knocked up, so you have to give Cawthorn some credit for being honest. However, any creditability as a human he might have goes out the window when you consider his hatred and policies toward the LGBT community while, hypocritically enough, he engages in homosexual acts himself.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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