The House of Representatives is investigating whether President Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller in written answers he provided in the Russian Federation probe, the House's general counsel said in federal court Monday, according to reports.
"Manafort said that shortly after WikiLeaks' July 22, 2016, released of hacked documents, he spoke to Trump (redacted); Manafort recalled that Trump responded that Manafort should (redacted) keep Trump updated", the Mueller report said, citing grand-jury material as the reason for the redactions. 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. She questioned whether the courts should get involved in any way in a dispute over impeachment between the legislative and executive branches.
Letter told the court, "The Manafort situation shows so clearly that there is evidence, very sadly, that the president might have provided untruthful answers", he said, adding that this might be part of impeachment.
This legal wrangling predates the current formal impeachment inquiry that is focused on Trump's effort to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate former vice president Joe Biden for political gain and not due to national security concerns.
Mueller's team tried to interview the president for more than a year before Trump submitted the written testimony in response to questions on certain Russia-related topics in November 2018.
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.
Morrison said Sondland and Trump had spoken approximately five times between July 15 and September 11 - the weeks that $391 million in USA assistance was withheld from Ukraine before it was released. The Supreme Court's decision delays impeachment investigators' request for the records while the high court weighs whether to take up the case. "Depends on whether a Senate impeachment trial is a "judicial proceeding" under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure".
The hearing Monday morning specifically dealt with questions of whether the court can and should prevent the House from getting the details now, while other questions that go to the heart of the case, especially about the separation of powers, are still pending. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, a Pennsylvania Democrat, read to Mueller Trump's written answer: "I do not recall discussing WikiLeaks with him, nor do I recall being aware of Mr".
The Supreme Court is next scheduled to meet on Friday and may discuss the case then.
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