Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., ripped Trump and Attorney General William Barr after he lost in court today saying they “are continuing to try to run out the clock on any and all accountability.”
“While I am confident their legal arguments will fail, it is now all the more important for the American people to hold the President accountable at the ballot box in November,” Nadler said throwing in the towel.
Nadler wanted the secret grand jury materials from Bob Mueller’s investigation and while the court may eventually rule in his favor, by taking up the case now any ruling will come after the election.
From Fox News:
The Supreme Court announced Thursday that the justices will hear arguments in the Trump administration’s challenge against the House Judiciary Committee’s attempt to access the secret grand jury materials from Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
This is a major setback for the Democrat-led committee, which has been trying to access the information ever since Mueller’s report came out last year.
While most of Mueller’s report was unredacted, information from the grand jury proceedings has been kept under wraps, as the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure prohibit grand jury information from being released, with limited exceptions.
House Democrats have argued that their request falls under the exception for “judicial proceedings,” claiming that their impeachment inquiry qualifies.
They claim that even though President Trump has already been impeached and acquitted, their investigation is still going on and new articles of impeachment remain a possibility.
The court’s move is a victory for the Justice Department, which is seeking to prevent the release of the information, which includes portions of Mueller’s report that were redacted to protect grand jury information and underlying grand jury testimony and exhibits that relate to certain individuals and events.
The case is a major separation of powers fight, testing the ability of the Justice Department to control grand jury information from a historic, deeply political investigation it conducted that could also aid congressional investigations.
The grand jury materials in question could shed considerable light on Russian election-meddling and Trump’s response in 2016. Dozens of witnesses testified before Mueller’s grand jury, according to CNN reporting, including Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and at least two people who attended the Trump Tower meeting in summer 2016.