The Supreme Court temporarily denied a motion Wednesday from House
Democrats to obtain grand-jury testimony and other documents from former
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation as they conduct what
they've referred to as an "ongoing presidential impeachment investigation"
into President Trump.
The court's order kept undisclosed details from the probe into Russian
interference in the 2016 presidential election out of the Democrats' hands
until at least early summer. Democrats have until June 1 to brief the
court about whether the full case should be heard.
The Democrats had told the court Monday they were in an "ongoing
presidential impeachment investigation" while arguing that Mueller's now-
completed Russia probe needed to be turned over as a result.
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"The [House Judiciary] Committee’s investigation did not cease with the
conclusion of the impeachment trial," the Democrats told the nine
justices. "If this material reveals new evidence supporting the conclusion
that President Trump committed impeachable offenses that are not covered
by the articles adopted by the House, the committee will proceed
accordingly — including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend
new articles of impeachment."
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They were seeking testimony, transcripts and exhibits to look into the
possible influence over decisions made in the prosecutions of longtime
Trump adviser Roger Stone and former National Security Adviser Michael
Stone was sentenced to three years in prison for obstructing Congress and
other charges. The Justice Department moved to drop its case against Flynn
after serious questions were raised about the nature of the investigation
that led to his guilty plea of lying to the FBI.
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The Trump administration has been reluctant to turn over further documents
related to Mueller's probe to House Democrats. DOJ officials said they
turned over all relevant information, citing grand-jury rules for not
providing unredacted material.
The agency argued that federal guidelines protected the secrecy of grand-
jury materials and that the exception allowing the disclosure
"preliminarily to or in connection with a judicial proceeding" didn't
apply, especially given Trump's acquittal by the Senate in an impeachment
trial earlier this year.
Democrats said the preliminary impeachment hearings in the House
constituted a pending judicial proceeding.
The DOJ has been conducting a separate internal review of the Russia
investigation origins, which is expected to be completed sometime during
John Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, was appointed last year by
Attorney General Bill Barr to review the events leading up to the 2016
presidential election and through President Trump’s inauguration on Jan.
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Durham has since expanded his investigation to cover a post-election
timeline spanning the spring of 2017 — when Robert Mueller was appointed
as special counsel. On Monday, Barr said he didn't expect the probe to
lead to any criminal charges against either former President Barack Obama
or former Vice President Joe Biden.
"As for President Obama and Vice President Biden, whatever their level of
involvement based on what I know, I don’t expect Durham’s work will lead
to a criminal investigation of either man," Barr said. "Our concern of
potential criminality is focused on others."
Fox News' Gregg Re, Shannon Bream, Joshua Nelson and The Associated Press
contributed to this report.
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