President Donald Trump may have been acquitted in his February Senate trial, but that hasn’t stopped the Democrat-controlled House from continuing to seek the release of documents demanded during the 2019 impeachment inquiry.
At issue are the sealed grand jury materials from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-closed Russia collusion investigation, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) has made it abundantly clear that it is willing to take the fight over those materials all the way to the Supreme Court, The Hill reported.
Mueller grand jury materials at issue
The DOJ resisted demands from House Democrats to turn the secret grand jury materials over during the impeachment inquiry, sparking one of the several legal battles currently ongoing between the House and the administration.
According to NPR, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the administration had to turn those materials over to the House, but the DOJ responded by asking the full D.C. court to place a stay on that ruling while it appealed the decision to the Supreme Court.
“Whether and under what circumstances Congress may resort to the courts to seek grand jury materials generated in a criminal investigation in aid of an impeachment inquiry is plainly a question of great significance to all three branches of government, as well as to the functioning of the grand jury system in high-profile, politically-charged matters,” the DOJ wrote in its request for a stay.
Of the ruling itself requiring the administration to turn over the sealed grand jury materials, the DOJ warned that it would allow “Congress to seek, on an assertion of relevance, grand jury materials without meeting the standards ordinarily required of other litigants, with concomitant potential for harassment of the Executive Branch.”
Democrat harassment continues
Indeed, this is merely the latest example of the incessant harassment of the Trump administration by House Democrats, and it is one of many demands made for documents and testimony that have been resisted, only to end up in court.
The Mueller-led special counsel investigation, on which Democrats initially hung their hats a means to get rid of Trump, was concluded in early 2019 without having established any sort of connection between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Similarly, the impeachment effort over an entirely unrelated issue involving Ukraine also ended unfavorably for the Democrats, but that hasn’t stopped them from continuing to insist upon the release of documents and testimony previously subpoenaed as part of those separate efforts.
Unrelenting anti-Trump quest
Another continuing legal fight left over from the failed impeachment attempt against Trump concerns a subpoena from House Democrats for testimony from Don McGahn, former White House counsel and attorney for the president, according to the Washington Examiner.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is already scheduled to hear arguments in May over congressional subpoenas of President Trump’s private personal and business tax returns and other financial documents, CNBC reports.
All of these things sought by House Democrats — grand jury testimonies, attorney-client communications, personal tax documents — are all things that ordinarily are considered private and are kept secret and protected, and hopefully, the Supreme Court will side with the administration and deny the demands from Democrats that the longstanding tradition of executive privilege be cast aside so their anti-Trump witch hunts can proceed.