ABC News reports:
A judge has ordered the Justice Department to give House Democrats secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell made the directive in a brief order on Friday.
Democrats had requested that the department provide the material, which was redacted from Mueller’s report, as part of their ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
Justice Department lawyers argued at a hearing earlier this month that House Democrats already had sufficient evidence from Mueller’s investigation, including copies of summaries of FBI witness interviews.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 25, 2019
— Josh Gorestein (@joshgerstein) October 25, 2019
In major win for Democrats, federal judge orders Justice Deparment to turn over all redacted portions of the Mueller report, grand jury material and exhibits/transcripts to the House Judiciary Committee by Oct. 30 pic.twitter.com/TbD5MoWd64
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 25, 2019
— Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (@RepMGS) October 25, 2019
MORE: Chief Judge Howell writes, "HJC has shown that it needs the grand jury material referenced and cited in the Mueller Report to avoid a possible injustice in the impeachment inquiry, that this need for disclosure is greater than the need for continued secrecy."
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) October 25, 2019