House Democrats have asked the Supreme Court to release a revised grand jury testimony from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia trial, as their investigation into whether President Trump has committed crimes is still ongoing.
The House Judiciary Committee said the confidential Grand Jury testimony was “central” to a continuing investigation into whether Trump had obstructed justice.
“The committee’s investigation has not stopped at the conclusion of the indictment,” Democrats said in court filing Monday. “If this material reveals new evidence that supports the conclusion that President Trump committed unspecified crimes not covered by articles approved by the House, the Committee will proceed accordingly – if necessary, to consider whether to recommend new articles of indictment.”
In letters written by House General Counsel Douglas, Democrats are examining whether judicial decisions made in the Roger Stone and Michael Plin cases had “improper political influence” – cases initiated by special counsel.
The Justice Department in February changed the sentencing recommendation of former Mueller prosecutors to a nine-year sentence because it was too harsh for longtime Trump ally Stone.
Stone was eventually sentenced to three years in prison for lying to Congress and blocking the Russia investigation.
The Justice Department moved earlier this month to dismiss the case against Flynn, the former Trump administration’s former national security adviser, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI that he had been in contact with a Russian diplomat before Trump entered the White House.
Justice Department lawyers argued that newly released information raised concerns about prejudice when the FBI questioned Flynn.
Flynn’s interview on January 24, 2017 was “conducted without any formal investigation grounds,” they said.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court issued an urgent request from the judiciary to stop publishing grand jury proceedings after a federal appeals court ruled that the documents should be transferred to the council.
Mueller’s report concluded that the investigation found no evidence that the campaign was “conspiring” with the Russian government during the 2016 election and that it could not pass judgment on the disturbance of justice.