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Grand jury material from former special counsel Robert Mueller won't beat least for now, after the Supreme Court on Thursday granted the Trump administration's request to take up the case next term.
The move means the documents won't likely be released before the November election, even if the Democrats win the case.
is a victory for the Justice Department, which is seeking to prevent the release of the information, which includes portions of Mueller's report that were redacted to protect grand jury information and underlying grand jury testimony and exhibits that relate to certain individuals and events.
Justices keep hold on secret Russia investigation material
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is denying Congress access to secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation through the November election. The justices agreed on Thursday to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court order for the material to be turned over to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. The high court’s action will keep the documents out of congressional hands at least until the case is resolved, which is not likely to happen before 2021. Arguments themselves might not even take place before Americans decide whether to give President Donald Trump a second term.
The case is a major separation of powers fight, testing the ability of the Justice Department to control grand jury information from a historic, deeply political investigation it conducted that could also aid congressional investigations.
The grand jury materials in question could shed considerable light onDozens of witnesses testified before Mueller's grand jury, according to CNN reporting, including Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and at least two people who attended the Trump Tower meeting in summer 2016.
House Democrats told the justices that any delay would threaten the committee's ability to complete its investigation during the current Congress.
High Court Accepts Trump Appeal, Keeps Mueller Materials Sealed
The U.S. Supreme Court all but guaranteed House Democrats won’t get pre-election access to confidential materials from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, agreeing to hear a Trump administration appeal likely to extend a legal fight into next year. The justices said they will review a lower court order that would require the Justice Department to turn over redacted parts of Mueller’s 448-page report, along with underlying grand jury transcripts and exhibits. The Supreme Court will consider the case in the nine-month term that starts in October.
The timeline could effectively kill the effort to get the documents, said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor at the University of Texas School of Law.
"Even if the court hears arguments in November, it's unlikely it would render a decision before January 3, 202 -- when this Congress ends and this case along with it," Vladeck said.
A federal appeals court in Marchsaying that lawmakers had a "compelling need" to view the secretive details.
Douglas Letter, general counsel for the House, said the materials were necessary as the house continues to probe impeachment, even though it seems extremely unlikely the House would impeach Trump for a second time.
But Solicitor General Noel Francisco told the justices that while there are some exceptions to the law that allow grand jury materials to be released pursuant to a "judicial proceeding," potential impeachment proceedings do not qualify.
He urged the justices to take up the case "In light of the national prominence of this grand jury investigation, the separation of powers concerns raised by the decision below, and the potential damage that decision could inflict on the proper functioning of our grand jury system."
This story has been updated with additional details of the case.
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