America’s highest court stopped House Democrats from accessing classified information that could be used to impeach the president a second time.
The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily prevented the release of secret grand jury documents in special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
This means the Democrat-led House Committee on the Judiciary might fail to obtain the full report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) before the upcoming 2020 general election on Nov. 3.
“The application for stay of the mandate presented to the Chief Justice and by him referred to the court is granted,” the court ordered in a statement.
The DOJ will now have until June 1 to file a petition seeking a judicial review otherwise the court will terminate the stay.
“The issuance of the mandate of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, case No. 19-5288, is stayed pending the filing and disposition of a petition for a writ of certiorari, if such petition is filed on or before June 1, 2020, by 5 p.m.,” the statement said. “If no petition for a writ of certiorari is filed on or before June 1, 2020, by 5 p.m., the stay shall terminate.”
House Democrats had previously accused the DOJ of delaying the full documents from being released for more than 12 months, despite a court order to release them more than six months ago in a statement co-signed by 10 applicants from the Office of General Counsel and Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.
“DOJ does not meet the standard for a stay of the mandate pending disposition of its petition for a writ of certiorari, and its application for a stay should therefore be denied,” the statement said. “The committee and the public continue to suffer grave and irreparable injury each additional day the district court’s order is prevented from going into effect. The committee is being deprived of the information it needs to exercise its weighty constitutional responsibility.”
The latest order means it is unlikely the committee will receive the documents in time to impeach President Donald Trump before the election.
“If DOJ’s request for a stay is granted, DOJ need not file its certiorari petition until August 2020, and therefore this court likely would not determine whether to grant or deny that petition until at least October 2020,” the committee said. “This substantial delay will seriously endanger the committee’s ability to complete its impeachment investigation during the current Congress—which ends not long thereafter on Jan. 3, 2021.”