Congress should get Mueller evidence, judges rule

The decision [gives] lawmakers access to all the report’s blacked-out words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs and entire pages — nearly 1,000 portions in all — as well as underlying interviews and memos cited in Mueller’s review.

The Democrats’ courtroom win, nearly a year in the making, is a [blow] to Trump and his sweeping claims that his administration can block Congress from talking to witnesses and accessing information.

“This ruling is an unequivocal rejection of the President’s insistence that he is above the law and his blanket refusal to cooperate with Congressional requests for information,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “It is also another rebuke of Attorney General Barr’s brazen efforts to prevent evidence of Presidential wrongdoing from being uncovered, which the Courts continue to challenge. … Yet again, the Courts have resoundingly reaffirmed Congress’s authority to expose the truth for the American people.

…Appeals from the Justice Department are all but certain, and the case could still face Supreme Court review.

…The majority [on] the appeals court said the theoretical possibility of further impeachment proceedings was sufficient to authorize the release of the grand jury secrets. Judges, according to the majority opinion, should not “micromanage” the House’s need for information in the context of an impeachment investigation.

“The courts cannot tell the House how to conduct its impeachment investigation or what lines of inquiry to pursue, or how to prosecute its case before the Senate,” Judge Judith Rogers wrote in an opinion joined by Judge Thomas Griffith.

…The House had authorized its committees to pursue all ongoing impeachment investigations — including a Judiciary Committee probe related to Mueller — and could consider additional charges against Trump if the new evidence warrants it.

…“Regardless of whether grand jury materials are ‘judicial records…’ they do not become executive records simply because the Department of Justice stores them in file cabinets after the grand jury completes its investigation.”

Democrats should get Mueller evidence, judges rule – POLITICO



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