Justice Department Opposes Nadler’s Request For Secret Grand Jury Material in Mueller Report
The Justice Department on Friday opposed House Judiciary Chairman Nadler’s request for the secret grand jury material in Muller’s report.
The Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee previously filed a petition in federal court to be granted access to the grand jury material which is currently redacted in Mueller’s report.
Nadler argued his panel needed the secret grand jury material to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment against President Trump.
Via the Associated Press:
In court papers filed in federal court in Washington, the Justice Department argued the committee hadn’t provided a sufficient explanation about how the material would help in the panel’s investigations of President Donald Trump . The government also argued that any potential impeachment proceeding in Congress wouldn’t be considered a “judicial proceeding” under law, for which the information could be disclosed.
“What may come of this investigation — if anything — remains unknown and unpredictable,” the department said in the filing.
The Justice Department also argued there is a “continuing need for secrecy” about recent grand jury proceedings because there are several investigations still underway that grew out of Mueller’s probe, according to Friday’s filing.
Chairman Nadler and several lawmakers have already been given access to a less redacted version of the garbage Mueller report which was available to them in a SCIF [Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility].
The Democrats have no reason to view the secret grand jury material other than to selectively leak damaging information to their stenographers in the media.
The House Judiciary Committee earlier this week approved procedures for an impeachment investigation into President Trump.