Democrats signal new round of impeachment before election
In a Supreme Court brief filed Monday, an attorney for the Democrat-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee requested that secret information heard by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury be provided to the House to support another impeachment inquiry:
“This case concerns … disclosure of a limited amount of grand-jury material bearing on the Committee’s impeachment investigation of President Donald J. Trump for misconduct detailed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Report.”
The brief stated that delaying Democrats’ access would harm the ongoing impeachment attempts which they hope to get to before the end of the session of Congress:
A “substantial delay will seriously endanger the Committee’s ability to complete its impeachment investigation during the current Congress.”
That statement suggests that Democrats intend to hold additional impeachment hearings right up until the 2020 election, raising questions about political motivations to harm President Trump’s reelection bid.
Throughout Trump’s first term in office, Democrats in the House and Senate have threatened impeachment for “Russia collusion,” the president’s response to COVID-19, and held a controversial impeachment trial over a phone call the president had with the Ukrainian president.
The Democrats’ argument to the High Court for access to the grand jury testimony claims that Russian interference in the 2016 election was “unprecedented,” other evidence suggests that is not the case.
President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, told CNN in 2017, “This is not the first time [the Russians have] done things like this. We have records of their attempts to interfere in our electoral process going back to the 1960s. There has always been this ambient level of Soviet or Russian activity, involvement, and attempts to influence our election.”
During Trump’s first two years in office, Democrats’ impeachment hopes were vested in the Special Counsel investigation but those hopes were dashed over a year ago when Mueller completed his report and it was learned that there was no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump Campaign and Russian officials.
Recently, additional evidence was made public from the House Intelligence Committee’s own investigation that showed testimony from several Obama Administration national security and intelligence officials indicating they knew all along that there was no evidence of any collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia.
Still, the Democrats persist despite new evidence that John Brennan, Obama’s CIA Director, had suppressed evidence that Russia, including its Premier, Vladimir Putin, actually preferred Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016. In a Foxnews.com editorial, Fred Fleitz, a retired CIA analyst and former Chief of Staff for the National Security Council stated the following:
“House Intelligence Committee staff told me that after an exhaustive investigation reviewing intelligence and interviewing intelligence officers, they found that Brennan suppressed high-quality intelligence suggesting that Putin actually wanted the more predictable and malleable Clinton to win the 2016 election.”
Since Democrats took control of the House in 2019, Republicans in the Trump administration say they have used the power of legislative oversight as a cudgel against the President. How the Supreme Court rules on access to the grand jury material is unlikely to deter Democrats, lack of evidence hasn’t yet.