Courthouse News reports:
The Justice Department took early appeal steps Monday after a federal judge upheld the legality of the impeachment inquiry led by Congress into President Donald Trump. Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell had issued the decision Friday in an order that gave the Department of Justice until Oct. 30 to turn over redacted secret grand jury material from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Demanding a stay, the department notes that, “once the information is disclosed, it cannot be recalled, and the confidentiality of the grand jury information will be lost for all time.” The motion also emphasizes that the impeachment investigation will likely drag into 2020, making the Wednesday disclosure deadline premature. House Democrats opened the investigation to nail down whether Trump sought an illegal quid pro quo from the Ukrainian government earlier this summer.