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May 22, 2020

       Good - Dems never give up, they are desperate. The Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked Congress from obtaining secret grand jury material from the Russia investigation, putting on hold a lower court's ruling that would've allowed such disclosure while it decides whether to take the case on appeal. House Democrats and the Justice Department have been locked in a legal battle over grand jury testimony gathered during former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. In March, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the House committee is entitled to the evidence.


     The Justice Department is asking the Supreme Court to review the ruling. The high court gave the government until June 1 to file its legal papers arguing why the high court should take the appeal. The House Judiciary Committee argued that the secret grand jury material "is central" to its inquiry into possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump and could reveal new evidence of impeachable offenses. If so, the committee said it will consider recommending new articles of impeachment. 

     After being impeached in the House, Trump was acquitted of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in the Senate in February. The proceedings focused on the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine. The Justice Department said House Democrats aren't entitled to grand jury evidence because they have yet to explain which specific testimony they need access to or how it would help their investigation. Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued the House has no "urgent need of the requested materials for a hypothetical second impeachment." At issue before the high court is a more basic legal question: Is a Senate impeachment trial a judicial proceeding? The lower court ruled that it is, saying the Framers of the Constitution understood impeachment to involve the exercise of judicial power.

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