Democrats Raise Impeaching Trump in Suit for Mueller's Evidence

(Bloomberg) — House Democrats took a significant step toward opening an inquiry into impeaching President Donald Trump as the House Judiciary Committee asked a federal court to force the release of grand jury information from Robert Mueller’s investigation.The suit filed Friday and approved by panel chairman Jerrold Nadler, explicitly cited Congress’s impeachment authority, marking the first time the Democrats have made an official move in that direction.“Because Department of Justice policies will not allow prosecution of a sitting president, the United States House of Representatives is the only institution of federal government that can now hold President Trump accountable for these actions,” the Democrats argued in the suit.Pelosi’s ApprovalActually opening a formal impeachment inquiry would be a politically risky step heading into the 2020 presidential election, which is why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been trying to restrain her party from doing so.But Pelosi approved the Judiciary panel’s filing, according to a person familiar with the matter, a sign she is under increasing pressure to step up scrutiny of the president after Mueller’s underwhelming performance in two hearings this week. The court filing was signed by House General Counsel Douglas Letter.Read the House Judiciary Committee’s filing in U.S. District Court”We are continuing investigations of the president’s malfeasances,” Nadler told reporters. “We will consider what we have to consider — including whether to recommend articles of impeachment to the House.”But he added that his committee also may take other actions in response to wrongdoing by the president, who frequently tweets that the investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election found “NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!”‘State of Mind’The Democrats said in the lawsuit that they are seeking access to “all underlying grand jury materials that bear directly on President Trump’s knowledge of any potential misconduct during the 2016 election campaign and afterward …read more

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