House investigating if Trump lied to Mueller during Russian Federation probe

House investigating if Trump lied to Mueller during Russian Federation probe

House General Counsel Douglas Letter told the judges that the need for the still-secret material redacted from the Mueller report is "immense" because it will help House members answer the question, "Did the president lie?"

In its Monday ruling, the Supreme Court ordered the House to respond to Trump's request for a stay by Thursday at 3 p.m.

Mr. Trump's lawyers told the justices a stay of the appeals court decision was necessary so that the justices could review a case of first impression, warning against the implications of the lower court's move if Mr. Trump has to turn over the personal financial records at this time. The appeal of that case is now pending with a federal appeals court, and as the Associated Press reported, the judges on the panel were presented with an interesting piece of information.

Mueller was named special counsel in 2017 after the president fired former FBI Director James Comey, who previously headed the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 elections.

Justice Department lawyers say they are barred from releasing the redacted material, in part because an impeachment inquiry does not qualify as a "judicial proceeding" under the federal law governing release of grand jury materials.

As regular readers likely recall, Trump initially said he was eager to sit down for an interview with Mueller and investigators from the special counsel's office, but the president's attorneys were vehemently opposed to the idea, concerned that Trump would be unable to get through the Q&A without perjuring himself. In his written testimony, Trump said he had no recollection of any particular conversations about the hacked emails.

Last week, Trump made an emergency appeal to ask the Supreme Court to block the enforcement of a subpoena issued by a House committee to Trump's accountants.

The House's arguments Monday draw new focus to whether the commander-in-chief had lied to Mueller following revelations at Trump pal Roger Stone's trial.

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