The Supreme Court blocked the House from viewing former special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury documents Thursday, granting the Trump administration’s request to take up the case next term.
That means, at least for now, that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury documents will not be released to the Democratic-led House of Representatives, CNN reports.
The ruling ensures that the materials will likely be released after November’s presidential election.
The documents include sections of Mueller’s 2019 report that were redacted to protect grand jury information and testimony. The materials also name individuals and the events they may have organized and attended.
House Democrats told the justices that any decision to withhold grand jury secrets would impede the Judiciary Committee’s ability to complete its investigation during the current – 116th – Congress.
The high court’s decision is considered a victory for the embattled Department of Justice; the Department was charged with making politically motivated decisions in the sentencing of Roger Stone, a former advisor to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
The Department faced similar criticism when Attorney General William Barr ordered that the case against Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor, be dropped, according to a New York Times article.
The case before the Supreme Court was also a test of the separation of powers. It tested “the ability of the Justice Department to control grand jury information from a historic, deeply political investigation it conducted.”
This summary was prepared by TCR News Intern Michael Gelb.