The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the U.S. House of Representatives and its apparent second impeachment attempt.
On today’s Jay Sekulow Live we discussed the House Judiciary Committee’s attempt at a second impeachment probe and the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent order denying them materials from Mueller’s grand jury proceedings.
Every day there is breaking news on so many levels. The Supreme Court last night granted a request from the President through the Department of Justice Solicitor General to block disclosure of Robert Mueller’s underlying grand jury material. Now there’s a lot of constitutional reasons why that would be blocked, including Executive Privilege, agreements that were made between the Special Counsel and the White House as tens of thousands of documents were sent back and forth. Remember, there were a lot of documents that were transferred.
The Supreme Court just said that they are going to grant the emergency request from the Trump Administration. The Court of Appeals had gone against the President. The materials will be kept in that redacted or secret status right now. When I say secret, grand jury material usually is kept that way.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the following in a statement:
The House’s long-standing right to obtain grand jury information pursuant to the House’s impeachment power has now been upheld by the lower courts twice. These rulings are supported by decades of precedent and should be permitted to proceed.
The Justice Department’s continued delay is part of a pattern of the Administration hiding the truth from the public.
This is what’s coming out of the House Judiciary Committee. As reported by The Hill, they said that delaying the release: “will seriously endanger the Committee’s ability to complete its impeachment investigation during the current Congress.”
We just had an impeachment event during the current Congress. We literally finished it up three and a half months ago.
ACLJ Senior Counsel Andy Ekonomou made the following point:
The impeachment went through the House of Representatives’ channels. It was carried over ceremoniously to the Senate. The Senate heard evidence day after day, night after night, literally into the night; and voted that the President should not be convicted of the crimes charged. The Chief Justice, the presiding officer, discharged him and ended the impeachment. I thought it was over.
Are we now back for a second impeachment? How many times are we going to try to derail and defrock this President from the duly elected position to which he was put by the people?
The justification that the House put forward is a continuing impeachment inquiry.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the following on the Senate floor:
House Democrats said they had the right to continue because, now listen to this, ‘the President’s impeachment did not actually end with his acquittal.’ Didn’t end with his acquittal. The House Democrats are now claiming the impeachment that ended in February is not really over.
To the House Judiciary Committee, it really looks like impeachment is not over. What they’re asking for here would really make a fundamental change to the grand jury system.
I called it what it is: complete nonsense.
The full broadcast is complete with more in-depth discussion of the Supreme Court’s order that blocks the release of Mueller grand jury materials and the House’s attempt at a second impeachment.
Watch the full broadcast below.
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