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House Democrats ask for Mueller materials in search for evidence against Trump

House Democrats ask for Mueller materials in search for evidence against Trump
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Democratic lawmakers told the Supreme Court this week that the House needs secret grand jury materials from former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE’s investigation to determine if there is further evidence of impeachable offenses committed by President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE, CNN reported.

"The [House Judiciary] Committee's impeachment investigation related to obstruction of justice pertaining to the Russia investigation is ongoing," Douglas Letter, the House general counsel, wrote in a Monday court filing.

"If this material reveals new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses," he continued, "the Committee will proceed accordingly — including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment."

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The latest attempt to see the grand jury materials comes after the Supreme Court earlier this month granted the Trump administration’s request to temporarily shield the redacted grand jury documents. The order, signed by Chief Justice John Roberts, stopped the disclosure of grand jury transcripts and exhibits that lawmakers initially requested during the House impeachment inquiry into the president. 

The Supreme Court's ruling pushed back on a previous ruling from a federal appeals court holding that the committee had a “compelling need” to obtain the documents prosecutors had previously collected about Trump.

The Justice Department previously called on the highest court to stop the release of the materials. They have claimed it would suffer “irreparable harm” by turning over the grand-jury records before the court could decide to address their appeal seeking to block the records.  

Letter's letter noted that House lawmakers requested the information over a year ago. He warned that if the court did address the department’s request, months could pass before a final decision was made.

“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,” Letter wrote, CNN confirmed.