The Supreme Court has effectively blocked House Democrats from getting access to the unredacted Mueller report before the election in November:
CNN – Grand jury material from former special counsel Robert Mueller won’t be released to the Democratic-led House of Representatives at 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.
The court’s move 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.
House Democrats told the justices that any delay would threaten the committee’s ability to complete its investigation during the current Congress.
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, 2021 — when this Congress ends and this case along with it,” Vladeck said.
A federal appeals court in March sided with the House Judiciary Committee, saying that lawmakers had a “compelling need” to view the secretive details.
This makes the second time that the Supreme Court has blocked access to the unredacted Mueller report by the House Democrats. The first time was in May.
Over a year ago AG Barr was forced to get President Trump to assert executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report because Jerry Nadler, head of the House Judiciary Committee, was trying to abuse his power and get access to it. Since then Democrats have been trying to gain access to it via the courts and so far have failed.
What a big win for the Trump administration. I hope this is a sign for things to come when the case is heard in the high court, however with Roberts you just never know.
UPDATE: I’ll just add this here…
. @AdamSchiff consistently hid transcripts, footnotes and reports that would have showed there were numerous people and facts saying the Steele Dossier and the Russian collusion charges were false. He then claimed publicly the exact opposite. He should resign in disgrace. https://t.co/5ZSOzhnkKc
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) July 3, 2020