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Howell Rules Impeachment Inquiry Legal, Orders Justice Department to Release Certain Redacted Grand Jury Materials from Mueller Report by October 30 Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) 1 (10/25/2019)

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                        UNITED   STATES  DISTRICT   COURT
                        FOR  THE  DISTRICT   OF COLUMBIA



 In re APPLICATION  OF  THE
 COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY, U.S.
 HOUSE   OF REPRESENTATIVES, FOR AN               Grand Jury Action No. 19-48 (BAH)
 ORDER   AUTHORIZING THE RELEASE
 OF CERTAIN   GRAND   JURY  MATERIALS             Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell




 MEMORANDUM OPINION GRANTING THE APPLICATION OF THE COMMITTEE
             ON THE  JUDICIARY,   U.S. HOUSE   OF REPRESENTATIVES

                                  Table of Contents
I. BACKGROUND                     .......................................................... 3
   A. The Special Counsel's Investigation                   .....................3..... ...............3
   B. Release of the Mueller Report                      .............................................. 13
   C. The Instant Proceeding..............................................   ...... 16
II. LEGAL STANDARD   ...................................................... 18
III. DISCUSSION  ............................................................ 19
   A. Rule 6(e)'s Judicial Proceeding Requirement is Satisfied Because an Impeachment Trial is
      Such a Proceeding ...................................................... 21
      1.  The Term Judicial Proceeding in Rule 6(e) Has a Broad Meaning .................22
      2.  An Impeachment Trial is Judicial in Nature     ...................................... 26
      3.  Historical Practice Before Enactment of Rule 6(e) Informs Interpretation of that Rule ......... 34
      4.  Binding D.C. Circuit Precedent Forecloses Any Conclusion Other Than That an
          Impeachment Trial is a 'Judicial Proceeding            .......................... 37
   B. HJC's Consideration of Articles of Impeachment is Preliminarily To an Impeachment Trial . 44
       1. Governing Legal Principles Demonstrate That House Proceedings Can be Preliminarily To
          a Senate Impeachment Trial............................................44
      2.  HJC's Primary Purpose is to Determine Whether to Recommend Articles of Impeachment.47
          a. DOJ's Proposed Preliminarily To Test is Contrary to Baggot ............    .....47
          b. No House Impeachment Inquiry Resolution is Required ....................49
          c. The Record of House and HJC Impeachment Activities Here Meets the Preliminarily
             To Test ....................................................... 55
      3.  Requiring More Than the Current Showing by HJC, as DOJ Demands, Would Improperly
          Intrude on Article I Powers Granted to House of Representatives ...................58
      4.  DOJ's Remaining Objections are Unpersuasive             .........................61
   C. HJC Has a Particularized Need for the Requested Materials        ...........    ............ 62
       1. Disclosure is Necessary to Avoid Possible Injustice    .......................   ..... 64
       2. The Need for Disclosure Outweighs the Need for Continued Secrecy       ................71
       3. Scope of Disclosure Authorized                     ..........................................74
IV. CONCLUSION                   .......................................................... 74


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