Supreme Court to decide if Congress gets full Mueller report
The Supreme Court said Thursday it will decide if Congress can receive redacted parts of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report — almost certainly delaying release until after the election.
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are seeking access to the full 448-page document and supporting grand jury documents.
Mueller found no proof that President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in 2016, but Democrats believe the report may contain important details that aren’t yet public.
The court’s decision blocks release of potentially damaging information until after the election.
Democrats won at the district and appeals court levels. They argue there’s precedent for Congress to access such documents with the impeachment cases against Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.
But the Justice Department says it would be a “breach of grand jury secrecy.”
The Justice Department last year offered to give Democrats access to read a less-redacted version of the report, but they refused, led by Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).
“The department has placed unacceptable limitations on access to that information,” Nadler said at the time. “It would prevent me from speaking with my colleagues with other members of the committee about what I might see. What good is it?”
Redactions may conceal information damaging to both parties. For example, one redaction in the report alleges that former President Clinton was recorded by Russia engaging in phone sex with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
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