In a stunning ruling on Friday, a federal judge has ordered that Robert Mueller’s RussiaGate investigations grand jury testimony be turned over to the Democrat controlled committees who are currently involved in the “formal impeachment inquiry” against President Trump.
Originally, the secretive inquiry being heralded by anti-Trump Democrats such as House Intel Chair Adam Schiff was only interested in President Trump’s conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. On television interviews and through social media, the left had bragged that this was such a cut and dry case that branching out away from Ukraine would put an undue strain on the cognitive capacity of their constituents. Their motto seemed to be “keep it simple”, hoping that voters would relate to the most basic of arguments in the case.
Now, as the Ukraine plot line continues to implode around them, the liberal left is reaching for a foothold wherever they can, including taking several steps backward, toward the already-completed Mueller probe.
A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Justice Department must turn over former special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury evidence to the House Judiciary Committee, a groundbreaking victory for Democrats in their effort to investigate whether President Donald Trump should be impeached for obstructing the long-running Russia probe.
In a double victory for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Judge Beryl Howell — the chief federal judge in Washington — ruled that the impeachment inquiry Democrats have launched is valid even though the House hasn’t taken a formal vote on it. The decision rejects arguments by DOJ and congressional Republicans that a formal vote is necessary to launch impeachment proceedings.
“Even in cases of presidential impeachment, a House resolution has never, in fact, been required to begin an impeachment inquiry,” Howell determined, dismissing GOP arguments as unsupported.
Republicans had claimed that the House Judiciary Committee cannot begin impeachment proceedings without a formal vote of the House — and that even if it could, Pelosi is not empowered to simply grant that authority to the Judiciary Committee. But Howell rejected the arguments out of hand.
“These contentions are, at worst, red herrings and, at best, incorrect,” ruled Howell, an appointee of former President Barack Obama.
Howell is the chief judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She was appointed to the District Court by former President Barack Obama in 2010.
A ruling last week by Howell forced the Justice Department to reveal that neither former White House Counsel Don McGahn nor Donald Trump Jr. testified in front of Mueller’s grand jury during his two-year investigation.
The Trump administration could appeal the decision. The Justice Department is reviewing the decision, an agency spokesperson told the Washington Examiner.