House Dems Demand ‘New Articles Of Impeachment’ From Redacted Mueller Report
Democrats ask Supreme Court to release grand jury testimony from Mueller probe
House Democrats are attempting to find new impeachable evidence against President Donald Trump in the redacted version of the Mueller Report.
Democratic lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee demanded that the Supreme Court releases grand jury testimony from ex-special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the debunked Russia meddling in the 2016 election, according to CNN.
House counsel Douglas Letter said that lawmakers required access to the sealed documents in order to find whether Trump should be impeached for obstruction of justice.
Letter said, “the Committee and the public continue to suffer grave and irreparable injury," due to court delays.
The Committee is being deprived of the information it needs to exercise its weighty constitutional responsibility.
The Committee first requested this information from DOJ more than a year ago.
The district court issued its disclosure order more than six months ago.
If DOJ’s request for a stay is granted, DOJ need not file its certiorari petition until August 2020, and therefore this Court likely would not determine whether to grant or deny that petition until at least October 2020.
This substantial delay will seriously endanger the Committee’s ability to complete its impeachment investigation during the current Congress — which ends not long thereafter on January 3, 2021.
Trump was impeached last year on two charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.
But neither is defined as criminal conduct under U.S. law.
Zero Republicans voted for the measures, and Trump was acquitted in January.
“The Committee’s impeachment investigation related to obstruction of justice pertaining to the Russia investigation is ongoing," Letter said.
"As the Committee has explained, it ‘has continued and will continue those investigations consistent with its own prior statements respecting their importance and purposes.'"
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The impeachment charges against Trump were based on a redacted version of Mueller’s report to the Department of Justice on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
After a two year taxpayer-funded investigation, no evidence was uncovered that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia.
But Democrats argue that the grand jury testimony will help them build a case against Trump for obstruction of justice.
But the request is a long shot because Mueller failed to uncover any crimes.
Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham has since drafted in additional prosecutors in his review of the origins of the investigation into the alleged Russia-Trump coordination in 2016.
The prosecutors involved will be looking at various components of the original probe, according to sources as per Fox News.
Jeff Jensen, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, is helping with Durham’s investigation following the DOJ’s move last week to drop the case against Flynn last week, according to sources.