On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court moved to temporarily block the release of files related to the Mueller Report. The report, which was compiled by White House Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was completed in April 2019. Recently, the House of Representatives has made moves to obtain grand jury material that was used in the compilation of Mueller’s exhaustive reporting.
The report was compiled over speculation that Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign had ties to the Russian Government. However, Mueller was unable to definitively clear Trump of any wrongdoing. Rather than accuse Trump of crimes, however, he handed his reporting off to Congress in order for them to perform their oversight role. This, in part, led to Trump’s 2019 impeachment.
New Ruling Continues Subpoena Fight
The House Judiciary Committee is now seeking to acquire grand jury materials used in the Mueller Report. The White House, however, wants those documents blocked from release. This is yet another battle in an ongoing subpoena fight between the legislative and executive branches. Now, with the judicial branch weighing in, the fight is just heating up.
The White House asked the Supreme Court to grant a temporary block on the files sought by Congress. The Court gave a temporary block, asking for the White House to file proper appeals briefs by June 1. This means that the Supreme Court is likely to take up the contentious case by the end of the current term.
Cases Could Be Huge for November Election
This case sets up a major showdown between the other two branches of the government. The Supreme Court’s ruling in this case could either confer sweeping protections to the president, or more robust subpoena power to Congress. Many in Congress have argued that their constitutional role in oversight is being overlooked by President Trump.
Trump, in response, has argued that Congress is unfairly targeting him. Whether the courts will agree with him has yet to be seen. Currently, Republicans enjoy a five-to-four majority on the court. This doesn’t mean, however, that all five conservative justices are certain to side with the White House. Since they are likely to take up the case, however, it could be months before a verdict is delivered.
House General Counsel Douglas Letter wrote “If this material reveals new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses, the Committee will proceed accordingly — including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment.”