Pelosi Statement on Court Ruling Ordering DOJ to Release Mueller Report Grand Jury Material to Congress

October 25, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the House is entitled to grand jury material related to the Mueller Report, which outlines the President’s solicitation of foreign interference in elections and multiple instances of obstructing justice:

“Today’s ruling in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is another blow to President Trump’s attempt to put himself above the law.

“This critical court ruling affirms Congress’s authority to expose the truth for the American people.  Most importantly, the Court recognized the House’s right to obtain grand jury information pursuant to its impeachment inquiry.  As the Judge writes, ‘Tipping the scale even further toward disclosure is the public’s interest in a diligent and thorough investigation into, and in a final determination about, potentially impeachable conduct by the President described in the Mueller Report.’  

“The Court challenges the Administration’s unprecedented, blanket defiance of Congress’s oversight, noting that ‘The reality is that DOJ and the White House have been openly stonewalling the House’s efforts to get information by subpoena and agreement….’  Accordingly, the Court found, ‘The White House stated policy of non-cooperation with the impeachment inquiry weighs heavily in favor of disclosure.  Congress’s need to assess grand jury material relevant to potential impeachment conduct by a President is heightened when the Executive Branch willfully obstructs channels for accessing other relevant evidence.’

“The decision is also a resounding rebuke to Attorney General Barr’s brazen effort to hold the President above the law and to prevent evidence of Presidential wrongdoing from being uncovered.

“The House will continue to solemnly honor its responsibility to follow the facts and uncover the truth.  The President will be held accountable – because no one is above the law.”