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Beryl Howell during her confirmation hearing in July 2010.Beryl Howell during her confirmation hearing in July 2010. (Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL)

With special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury investigation underway in Washington, D.C., local court rules mean it’s likely U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell who’s tasked with overseeing it.

Mueller’s grand jury investigation into Russian interference in last year’s elections has already been in place for several weeks, according to recent reports. The rules for the local court make clear it’s the chief judge who decides any disputes that arise in the secret grand jury proceedings, such as a subpoena fight. Howell can reassign the case in certain circumstances.

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