Attorneys for the House of Representatives said in a filing Monday there is reason to believe President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller about knowing of his campaign's connections with WikiLeaks.
"Not only could those materials demonstrate the president's motives for obstructing the special counsel's investigation, they also could reveal that Trump was aware of his campaign's contacts with WikiLeaks," the lawyers said in a court filing made as part of the Judiciary Committee's attempts to obtain Mueller's sealed grand jury materials, reports Politico.
The legal team, which is headed by House General Counsel Douglas Letter, quoted a section in the Mueller report, which noted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort testifying that "any underlying evidence to which it may point are critical to the committee's investigation."
The materials have "direct bearing" on whether Trump told the truth, the filing says, and "further obstructed the special counsel's investigation."
Trump attorney Jay Sekulow told Politico in a text message that the suggestion is "absurd," but neither the White House or the Justice Department commented.
Letter and his deputies also argue that the Mueller grand jury evidence could be useful in the House's probe of Trump's "solicitation of Ukrainian interference in the 2020 election" and could further the Intelligence Committee's investigation into claims the president tried to pressure Ukraine to prosecute people who had testified against Manafort.
They also said in Monday's filing that the Justice Department does not have the grounds to decide if the House is involved in a formal impeachment inquiry, which is the central argument for getting hold of Mueller's files.
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