Morning recap: Mueller issues grand jury subpoenas, Governor of West Virginia switches parties, $1.6 billion car factory announced

08/04/2017 10:07 AM

Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued grand jury subpoenas related to Donald Trump, Jr.‘s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.

The move suggests that Mueller is prepared to subpoena records and take witness testimony, but it does not necessarily mean he plans to bring charges against President Donald Trump or other White House officials.

Here is a brief refresher of what a grand jury is and what powers they have:

  • Grand juries make preliminary decisions about whether or not to officially accuse a criminal defendant.
  • Grand jury indictments are required for all federal felonies.
  • Grand jury trials are not public, and there is no cross-examination or presentation of a defense.
  • They are made up of 16 to 23 citizens.

The Governor of West Virginia flips parties

During a Trump party in his state on Thursday night, Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia announced that he will switch to the Republican Party.

Justice was first elected last November as a conservative Democrat. He has identified as a Republican and an Independent in the past. During the 2016 election, Justice did not endorse the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Justice won his race with 49 percent of the vote, but Trump won the state by nearly 69 percent receiving almost 40,000 more votes than Justice.

With Justice switching parties, there are now 34 Republican governors across the country, 15 Democratic governors and one Independent.

Toyota and Mazda announce plans to build a $1.6 billion factory in the U.S.

Toyota and Mazda have announced plans to build a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant in the U.S. that will create as many as 4,000 jobs.

CNN Money reports that Mazda plans to build a new crossover car and Toyota will build its Corolla model.

The factory is expected to be up and running by 2021, but no specifics on a location have been announced.

Currently, all Corollas sold in the U.S. are made in Ontario, Canada or Mississippi. Toyota operates plants in three other states, including Kentucky.

Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at Madeline.Janicki@charter.com.

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