Democrats in Congress are trying to gain access to confidential information from a report on Russia’s intervention in the elections. However, the Supreme Court has blocked the permission they had already received from the Court of Appeal.
On Wednesday, May 20, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked a decision to grant Democrat congressmen access to classified materials from a report by Special Prosecutor Robert Muller on Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election in 2016. The decision that Democrats in Congress should have access to these materials was made in March by the Washington Court of Appeals. However, the Supreme Court blocked this decision “until early summer”, which begins in the U.S. on June 20. By June 20, the Supreme Court must return to this issue and either extend the blockage or allow access to the materials.
The materials requested by the Democrats are confidential information about the jury meetings held as part of the Muller investigation.
US laws allow disclosure of confidential information only in exceptional cases
Democrats and Republicans are arguing over whether the impeachment process is an exceptional opportunity to disclose such information to the President. Democrats refer to a precedent where similar information was disclosed in an investigation against President Richard Nixon.
Special Prosecutor for Russia Robert Muller spent almost two years investigating a possible conspiracy between the Russian side and Trump’s campaign headquarters to prevent Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton from winning the 2016 presidential election.
As a result, Mueller concluded that the Russian side was indeed trying to influence the elections and also outlined facts proving direct contacts of Trump team members with Russian officials and lawyers. However, Mueller found no clear evidence of collusion between Trump team members and Moscow.