Chief Judge for the Washington, D.C. district court, Beryl Howell, ruled that the Department of Justice must turn over grand jury material referenced in Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russian Investigation Report.
In Friday’s 75 page Opinion Howell explained that the DOJ’s claims that existing law prevents Congress from viewing the redacted grand jury material is wrong.
The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) claims that existing law bars disclosure to the Congress of grand jury information. DOJ is wrong.Howell Opinion 10/25/19
As Snip Bytes reported in early October the White House publicly notified the House Committees they have no intention of cooperating with the impeachment inquiry, calling it illegitimate. Howell dismissed the claim saying House resolutions are not required to launch an impeachment inquiry.
Even in cases of presidential impeachment, a House resolution has never, in fact, been required to begin an impeachment inquiryHowell Opinion 10/25/19
Howell gave the DOJ until October 30th to provide the committee with the redacted portions requested, including any underlying transcripts or exhibits that might have been redacted.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said in a statement following the Judges order, that he was gratified with the decision adding that the grand jury information will be critical to the committees work.
I am gratified that the federal district court has ordered that the Special Counsel’s grand jury information must be turned over to the House’s impeachment inquiry. The court’s thoughtful ruling recognizes that our impeachment inquiry fully comports with the Constitution and thoroughly rejects the spurious White House claims to the contrary. This grand jury information that the Administration has tried to block the House from seeing will be critical to our work.Nadler Statement.