D.C. District Court Judge Beryl Howell just slammed the House Judiciary Committee Democrats for trying to “game the system” by trying to link their subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn to a separate request. The separate request was for secret grand jury information from the Russia investigation.
The DOJ argued that the House panel improperly sought to link the McGahn case to the grand jury case simply because they’re both part of their investigation of President Trump.
By linking the two cases together, the Democrats would be able to expedite their decision to recommend articles of impeachment against President Trump. Judge Howell wasn’t buying the argument from Democrats:
Judge Howell: “[A]t first blush, the House Judiciary Committee’s view that the related case rule applies is understandable. Nonetheless, closer examination demonstrates that these connections between the two cases are too superficial and attenuated for the instant McGahn Subpoena Case to qualify[.]…“Judicial efficiency is not served where two cases present such different factual and legal issues, as is the circumstance here.”
Howell agreed with the DOJ and refused the request to unseal grand jury information from Robert Mueller’s investigation.
The House Judiciary Committee tried to connect the two cases by saying they have to do with the “impeachment investigation” of Trump.
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Fox News reports that the existence of an “impeachment investigation” has also been called into question. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has stated that “formal impeachment proceedings” are underway, but the committee’s ranking Republican Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., said that is impossible because the House never voted to approve such an investigation.