House Democrats spent a large portion of 2019 focused on efforts to remove President Donald Trump from office, which culminated in a failed Senate impeachment trial earlier this year.
According to documents recently submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the president’s foes in Congress may be planning to take yet another crack at impeachment.
“Ongoing” impeachment probe cited
Fox News reported on Monday that House Democrats told the nation’s highest court of the existence of an “ongoing presidential impeachment investigation,” something characterized as a “weighty constitutional responsibility.”
They are requesting that the Department of Justice be compelled to surrender redacted grand jury material from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and members of the Trump campaign.
“The [House Judiciary] Committee’s investigation did not cease with the conclusion of the impeachment trial,” the Democrats’ motion explained, according to Fox News.
“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,” the Dems continued.
Stone and Flynn cases at issue
This latest push to target Trump apparently arises from the belief that he may have exerted “improper political influence over recent decisions made in the Roger Stone and Michael Flynn prosecutions, both of which were initiated by the special counsel.”
Flynn served in the Trump administration for just over three weeks as the president’s national security adviser and was subsequently indicted on charges of lying to the FBI, charges to which he subsequently pleaded guilty, as The New York Times reported.
However, the Department of Justice suddenly dropped its case against the retired Army general after notes and text messages emerged showing that investigators discussed trapping or tricking Flynn so that he could either be prosecuted or fired.
The judge in Flynn’s case, Bill Clinton appointee Emmet Sullivan, has not yet allowed resolution of the matter and is reportedly considering whether to hold Flynn in criminal contempt for perjury.
On the other hand, Roger Stone is a longtime Trump adviser who was convicted of making false statements to investigators, witness tampering, and obstructing Congress, according to Business Insider. While prosecutors initially sought a punishment of nine years in prison, that request was amended on the grounds that the Justice Department found it disproportionate to the offense.
Throughout his time in office, President Trump has consistently denied any wrongdoing and has condemned impeachment talk as nothing more than “a witch hunt.”