House Democrats spent millions of tax dollars to impeach President Donald Trump last December. The Republican-controlled Senate voted to acquit the president of the charges.
That means it’s all over, right? Not quite.
The Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee recently argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that they need the grand jury materials redacted in ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report because they are still investigating Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation.
Democrats told the Supreme Court that they need the materials because they may try to impeach Trump again.
“If this material reveals new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses,” said Douglas Letter, the House general counsel, “the Committee will proceed accordingly — including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment.”
This week, the Supreme Court ruled to temporarily block the House from obtaining Mueller’s secret grand jury testimony.
The material at issue includes portions of Mueller’s report that were redacted to protect grand jury information and underlying grand jury testimony and exhibits that related to certain individuals and events described in the report.
The White House and Justice Department had asked the Supreme Court to block the release of the material to give them time to file a full appeal.
In the brief, unsigned order, the justices set out a time period asking for briefs by June 1. Such a timeline suggests they will decide before this term ends whether to take up the case.
How’s that for pure desperation?
House Democrats want the Supreme Court to release grand jury testimony from Mueller’s probe because they are hoping to find something — anything — they can use to impeach the president again.
Keep in mind the most important part of what Democrats said.
House Democrats told the SCOTUS that if they need access to the grand jury materials because they may try to impeach Trump from office again.
This comes as Mueller spent almost two-years investigating alleged Trump-Russia collusion and found nothing.
During a press conference last April, Attorney General Willaim Barr said Mueller found no evidence that Trump, his campaign, or any American colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
So that is the bottom line. After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government-sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes.
Barr made it clear that the White House offered “unfettered access,” “no redactions,” and “didn’t exert any executive privilege, which would be within their rights.”
This means that Trump and the White House provided Mueller’s team with essentially all of the records and documents they requested.
Barr also said the White House fully cooperated with the Special Counsel’s investigation, providing unfettered access to campaign and White House documents, directing senior aides to testify freely, and asserting no privilege claims.
The president has been completely vindicated after the two-year Russia witch hunt.
As Barr made clear: No collusion, no obstruction.