House Democrats Ask Supreme Court to Release Grand Jury Testimony to Bolster 'Ongoing' Impeachment Effort

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Posted: May 19, 2020 12:10 PM
House Democrats Ask Supreme Court to Release Grand Jury Testimony to Bolster 'Ongoing' Impeachment Effort

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Democrats in the House of Representatives requested access to testimony from a grand jury related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Trump. House Democrats told the Supreme Court that they are pursuing an "ongoing presidential impeachment investigation" and that the information from Mueller’s closed investigation is relevant.

"The Committee’s impeachment investigation related to obstruction of justice pertaining to the Russia investigation is ongoing. As the Committee has explained, it “has continued and will continue those investigations consistent with its own prior statements respecting their importance and purposes,” the House’s general counsel, Douglas Letter wrote in a court filing on Tuesday. “The Mueller Report grand-jury material remains “central to the Committee’s ongoing inquiry into the President’s conduct. If this material reveals new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses that are not covered by the Articles adopted by the House, the Committee will proceed accordingly—including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment.”

The Supreme Court recently sided with the Trump Administration’s request to keep these materials from the grand jury confidential, after a lower court deemed the information essential. A federal court of appeals validated Democrats’ request, claiming that the committee had a “compelling need” for the grand jury testimony related to the investigation into President Trump. The Department of Justice urged the high court to prevent the documents from being released, and that the DOJ would suffer "irreparable harm" if the materials had to be turned over.