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Justices keep hold on secret Russia investigation material

Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:24 AM
The US Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington.
The US Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington.

WASHINGTON (AP):

The Supreme Court is denying Congress access to secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation through the November election.

The justices agreed on Thursday to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court order for the material to be turned over to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. The high court’s action will keep the documents out of congressional hands at least until the case is resolved, which is not likely to happen before 2021.

Arguments themselves might not even take place before Americans decide whether to give President Donald Trump a second term.

VICTORY FOR TRUMP

The delay is a victory for Trump, who also is mounting a Supreme Court fight against congressional efforts to obtain his banking and other financial records. Those cases are expected to be decided in the coming days or weeks.

The court’s action also could mean the justices never have to reach a definitive ruling in a sensitive dispute between the executive and legislative branches of government, if either Trump loses re-election or Republicans regain control of the House next year. It’s hard to imagine an administration of Democrat Joe Biden would object to turning over the Mueller documents or House Republicans would continue to press for them.

The House wants previously undisclosed details from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, called the court’s decision disappointing.