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SCOTUS grants Trump administration's request to shield Mueller grand jury materials

DOJ lawyers argued that breaching grand jury secrecy would negatively impact the cooperation of future witnesses

Published: May 8, 2020 12:02pm

Updated: May 8, 2020 12:26pm

The Supreme Court on Friday granted the Trump administration's request to temporarily shield redacted grand jury materials related to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe from the Democrat-led House.

House Democrats are fighting to gain access to the materials, arguing that it being made public will give Americans a fuller image of how the Trump administration behaved during the two-year investigation. 

The Mueller probe failed to establish any criminal coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow. And though the special counsel did not declare that the president did not obstruct justice, the attorney general, and then-deputy attorney general determined he did not.

The order, which Chief Justice John Roberts signed, pushes against a lower court's order to disclose the materials, which was set to go into effect on Monday. Roberts has given House democrats until May 18 to file a response. 

The Trump administration says it plans on filing a formal appeal against the lower court decision.

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