SCOTUS stops Trump financial documents from going to House

Cheryl Sanders
November 19, 2019

Manafort's "situation shows so clearly that there is evidence, very sadly, that the President might have provided untruthful answers and this is a key part of the impeachment inquiry", Letter said Monday in the last words of his arguments to the three-judge appellate panel.

The president provided written answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller during his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Letter asked the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit while arguing the House needs access to redacted grand jury material in Mueller's report.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, left, gavels the close of a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on October 31, 2019.

But Trump told Mueller in his written statements he didn't recall discussing WikiLeaks with Stone. Two cases concerning his financial documents are now before the Supreme Court and all eyes are on the justices - particularly Trump's two nominees to see whether they will see the issues presented differently than the majority of the lower courts that have delivered resounding losses to the President.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said in a television interview on Sunday, "The president could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants".

In her first question for Freeman, Rao asked whether it would be inappropriate for the courts to take action, by releasing information to the House that could "interfere with impeachment".

The House case arises from a subpoena issued by the House Oversight committee last April to Trump's longtime accounting firm for financial documents concerning the President and his companies for the years both before and during his presidency.

He also asked whether the information could perhaps be released on a limited basis to House staff and lawyers while the courts continue to hear arguments on the broader question of what can be fully provided to Congress.

In response, Trump tweeted, "I like the idea" and that he will "strongly consider it". Letter said, adding: "I believe the special counsel said the president had been untruthful in some of his answers".

"Nor do I recall being aware of Mr Stone having discussed WikiLeaks with individuals associated with my campaign".

Attorney General William Barr permitted the House Judiciary Committee to see most of the Mueller report, including portions that are redacted from the public version because they pertained to ongoing cases, but has refused to let them see material that is subject to secrecy rules because it was presented to a grand jury.

Roberts' order Monday contains no hint about what the court ultimately will do.

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