Jury selection to start over in case of ex-Obama White House counsel Greg Craig

Start over.

That was the abrupt order from the federal judge in the case against former Obama administration White House Counsel Greg Craig on Tuesday as she scrapped all jury selection efforts this week and said they would have to try again.

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Jury selection, which began Monday, had appeared to be wrapping up in the case. But U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered a change in response to constitutional concerns over the process.

The prosecution raised the issue of how the selection process — which had mainly been conducted behind closed doors —  may have violated constitutional requirements. As a result, Jackson suggested a new jury pool would be brought in Wednesday morning for a public selection. A new jury pool of about 100 people will be called to the District Court for the District of Columbia’s ceremonial courtroom, she said.

“Jury selection may take one day, or it may take two… Possible opening [arguments] on Thursday, but likely Friday,” Jackson said of the schedule.

The first time around, jurors had been asked about their knowledge or potential connections to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and its key figures.

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