The request followed exactly the conviction of the long-time Trump friend Roger Stone on Friday. Testimony and evidence in his trial cast doubt on Trump's written answers to the President's knowledge of attempts by his 2016 campaign to learn more about the release of hacked Democratic e-mails from anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.
the presidential lie? Was the President not truthful in his answers to the Mueller inquiry? "Said General Counsel Douglas N. Letter. "Parliament is trying to determine whether the current president should remain in office. This is incredibly serious and is happening very fast.
In addition to Stone's condemnation of congressional lies and witness manipulation, Letter cited the guilty plea of Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen last year for lying to Congress to argue why the House Justice Commission urgently needs the statements of the House of Representatives Grand jury of Müller and other documents must check.
"We have at least two people already convicted of congressional lies. And what are they lying about? They lie about things that go directly into the Müller report. "
" There is very sad evidence that the president may have given untrue answers, "said Letter, citing the matter as" immense "and" an integral part of the impeachment investigation. "
The statements of the letter came when the US Circuit Court for the DC Circuit examined a court decision requiring the disclosure of evidence that the House in its on-going public deemed necessary hearings of Trump's alleged efforts to his Ukrainian counterpart pressuring to investigate a potential political rival of 2020 found former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
Last month, US District Head Beryl A. Howell, for the District of Columbia, found that the house was legally involved in a lawsuit freeing Congress of jury secrecy.
The case is one of several struggles of separation of powers carried out for the Supreme Court. Trump's private lawyers last week asked the Supreme Court to block a subpoena for his tax records from the New York Procuratorate and block a separate subpoena for his personal and business records.
On Monday's poll, a majority of judges 'three-member jury Judith W. Rogers, Thomas B. Griffith, and Neomi Rao seemed inclined to maintain the House of Representatives' power to receive grand jury records as part of impeachment proceedings. However, the House Committee went to court in July and petitioned for the release of information. Englisch: www.comece.org/comece.taf?_function…&language=en edited parts of Muller's final report on the investigation of Russian interference in the 201
6 elections and the jury's material referred to in the report. The dispute precedes the formal impeachment investigation and focuses on Trump's efforts to pressure his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a potential political rival for 2020.
Justice Department attorneys say the material should be banned, as impeachment is not a "legal process", a legislative function performed by lawmakers. There is no exception to the confidentiality rules of the Grand Jury for impeachment, it said in the court records.
In their appeal, the department named Howell's order "an extraordinary abrogation of the grand jury's secrecy: not just the materials on The matter is strictly protected … but some refer to ongoing criminal investigations or prosecutions.
After Attorney General William P. Barr rejected the House's request for evidence, the committee introduced Barr. The department did not stick to it.
The lawyers of the House of Representatives explained to the Court of Appeal that the legislator should consult the documents to "help the House determine if the President has committed any criminal offenses, including attempting to investigate the Special Representative in Russia obstruct the 2016 presidential election and Ukraine's intervention in the 2020 presidential election. "
Any delay, according to House attorneys, would prevent the investigation of material information.
In its 75-page statement, Howell told the Judiciary Committee and the House that When deciding whether to impeach, House acts like a grand jury.
"In fulfilling the weighty constitutional duty to determine whether the impeachment of the President is justified, Congress must not repeat the nearly two-year effort on the investigation of the Special Counsel, nor the danger of witnesses providing the information Howell wrote to the Grand Jury and the Special Counsel who differed from her statements.
Howell, former Attorney of the Judiciary Committee of the Democratic Senate and candidate of President Barack Obama for 2010, said the need for secrecy was "minimal" because the Department of Justice provided certain members of the Congress with already edited parts of the Müller report and because the Judiciary Committee had approved negotiations to prevent the disclosure of information that would damage ongoing investigations.
Trump opposed the release Lawyers of the administration said a Watergate-era court ruling had been unfairly ruled out of impeachment by the Grand Jury.
"These arguments stink of farce," she wrote, citing a letter from White House attorney Pat Cipollone told House leaders that the administration would not work with the impeachment investigation.
"The reality," Howell wrote, "is that the DOJ and the White House have openly blocked the House of Representatives' efforts to obtain information by summons and by agreement." and the White House has plainly stated that the government will not cooperate with Congressional requests for information. "