The Department of Justice is pushing back against a federal judge who has ordered that information in the possession of the government concerning secret grand jury material from Special Counsel Robert Mueller must be given over to Democrats.
The DOJ has asked the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. on Monday to issue a stay in handing over said materials to the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee as part of it’s ongoing impeachment inquiry hearings, pending the DOJ’s appeal of the court decision.
Here’s more from The Washington Examiner:
“Once the information is disclosed, it cannot be recalled, and the confidentiality of the grand jury information will be lost for all time,” the department argued, especially if the committee “decides to publicize the now-secret grand jury materials, which it has asserted the power to do through a simple majority vote.”
Last Friday, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Beryl Howell ordered the DOJ to give House impeachment investigators access to the redacted portions of Mueller’s 448-page report by Wednesday.Trending:
Mueller’s report, which was released in April, concluded that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election through a series of cyberattacks and social media disinformation campaigns, but the special counsel did not establish any criminal collusion between the Kremlin and any member of the Trump campaign.
Democrats have been holding secretive meetings and hearings to gather information for the impeachment inquiry launched by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Conservatives in Congress have been protesting against this activity, even going so far as to barge in on the meetings and demand more transparency.