In a stunning ruling on Friday, a judge has ordered that the grand jury testimony from the Robert Mueller-led RussiaGate investigation must now be turned over to the committees who are currently involved in the “formal impeachment inquiry” against Donald Trump.
Originally, the secretive inquiry being heralded by anti-Trump Democrats such as House Intel Chair Adam Schiff was only interested in the latest West Wing scandal; one that involves President Trump’s conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. On television and through social media, the left had believed that this was such a cut and dry case that branching out away from Ukraine would put an undue strain on the cognitive capacity of their constituents. Their motto seemed to be “keep it simple”, hoping that voters would relate to the most basic of arguments in the case.
Now, as the Ukraine plot line continues to implode around them, the liberal left is reaching for a foothold wherever they can, including taking several steps backward, toward the already-completed Mueller probe.
A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Justice Department must turn over former special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury evidence to the House Judiciary Committee, a groundbreaking victory for Democrats in their effort to investigate whether President Donald Trump should be impeached for obstructing the long-running Russia probe.
In a double victory for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Judge Beryl Howell — the chief federal judge in Washington — ruled that the impeachment inquiry Democrats have launched is valid even though the House hasn’t taken a formal vote on it. The decision rejects arguments by DOJ and congressional Republicans that a formal vote is necessary to launch impeachment proceedings.
“Even in cases of presidential impeachment, a House resolution has never, in fact, been required to begin an impeachment inquiry,” Howell determined, dismissing GOP arguments as unsupported.
Republicans had claimed that the House Judiciary Committee cannot begin impeachment proceedings without a formal vote of the House — and that even if it could, Pelosi is not empowered to simply grant that authority to the Judiciary Committee. But Howell rejected the arguments out of hand.
“These contentions are, at worst, red herrings and, at best, incorrect,” ruled Howell, an appointee of former President Barack Obama.
Republicans will surely see this egregious return to RussiaGate as a sign of desperation for the Democratic party…as they should.
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