After the Supreme Court last month temporarily stopped a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal order for the Justice Department to hand over redacted Mueller grand jury information to House Democrats, the department is asking SCOTUS to overturn the lower court’s ruling.
“In light of the national prominence of this grand-jury investigation, the separation-of-powers concerns raised by the decision below, and the potential damage that decision could inflict on ‘the proper functioning of our grand jury system,’ this Court’s review is warranted,” Justice Department lawyers wrote in a Monday court filing.
The D.C. appeals court had ruled 2-1 that House Democrats had standing to request the grand jury materials from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. But the Trump administration balked and the case made its way to the Supreme Court.