The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Thursday to rule whether Congress Democrats have access to politically explosive evidence that underlies the investigation into the alleged collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.
But even if it could hear arguments in the fall in the fall, the Supreme Court is unlikely to make its decision before the November 3 elections, meaning that Democrats will have no access to the still-secret evidence that Special Advisor Robert Mueller has submitted to a grand jury for their fight against Trump.
Mueller's investigation, which started in 2017 and ended in March 2019, revealed a number of contacts between representatives of the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the period when Moscow was actively interfering in the Trump campaign.
Mueller found no evidence of a criminal conspiracy to campaign with the Russians, but much of his heavily edited final report did not contain any of the underlying evidence that was presented to a large jury that examined the case.
Mueller also outlined several cases where Trump tried to hinder the investigation, but did not officially accuse Trump of the disability, and the Justice Department said there was no reason for charges.
Democrats on the House Justice Committee believe that the information that Mueller's team submitted to the Grand Jury could harm Trump, and sued in mid-2019 to access it.
The Department of Justice, led by Trump's close attorney general, Bill Barr, has stated that it cannot publish the material.
In March, the Federal Court of Appeals in Washington supported the Democrats, and the Department of Justice appealed the decision to the conservative Supreme Court in hopes that it would be overridden.
The case calls on the Supreme Court to weigh the balance of power between the executive, including the Department of Justice, and Congress, where Democrats have the right to view the normally secret material of the grand jury.
The House Panel continues to investigate Trump for impeachment related to alleged collusion with Russia and the disability of the judiciary in this case.
A separate impeachment measure related to Trump's request to Ukraine to support his political struggle with Democrat Joe Biden was successful when the Democratic-controlled house voted to indict or officially indict Trump last December.
After a lawsuit, however, the Republican Senate voted to exonerate Trump in February on charges related to Ukraine.
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