Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett attacked the grand jury process as 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 Clinton’s mishandling of classified information.
“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 defense attorney and Court TV host, said Thursday on “Hannity” while weighing 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.
“And there’s a reason why, because everybody now realizes that grand juries are an undemocratic farce,” he said. “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.”
“And it’s even worse here because Robert Mueller impaneled a Washington, D.C., grand jury, where Donald Trump 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 on-air critique of grand juries came one day after publishing an opinion piece on FoxNews.com in which he called on Mueller to also investigate Clinton for her mishandling of classified information.
“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.
From the August 3 edition of Fox News Hannity: