The House of Representatives is investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller in written answers he submitted in the Russia probe, the House's general counsel told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday, CNN reported.
House general counsel Douglas Letter made the statement to the court to explain why the congressmen need access quickly to secret grand jury material Mueller gathered during his probe.
The federal appeals court is reviewing a lower-court ruling that mandates disclosure of the grand-jury information, with the Justice Department insisting that the material should be off-limits, The Washington Post reported.
Letter stressed that the grand jury materials redacted from the Mueller report are crucial to the House's impeachment inquiry, explaining to the judges that "We have at least two people that have already been convicted of lying to Congress," noting that they were "lying about things that go directly to the Mueller report," the National Law Journal reported.
Letter also argued that the judges could skip ahead to a ruling on the merits of the appeal, but Department of Justice lawyer Mark Freeman said he did not think the court should do so, according to the National Law Journal.
Instead, the judges should issue a stay on the order by the district court order to hand over the grand jury information and allow the appeal be fully briefed, Freeman said.
© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.