The Department of Justice is using Democrats’ own words against them in the defense of secret documents that the party says that it needs to continue it’s “impeachment investigation,” according to Fox News.
According to DOJ filings, the fact that their party is still indecisive about whether or not they’ll seek impeachment of the president speaks to them not needing access to grand jury materials from the Robert Mueller investigation.
The documents were filed on Friday, according to Fox, in which the Justice Department argued that the House Judiciary Committee, who is suing for access to the files, clearly does not have a defined course of action.
“The committee’s own description of its investigation makes clear that it is too far removed from any potential judicial proceeding to qualify,” the DOJ said according to Fox.
Last week Democrats on the House committee argued that they are indeed looking to impeach the president, and the panel held a formal vote to nail down procedures for the hearing.
However, the Justice Department went so far as to quote House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., as once saying, “[a]n impeachment inquiry is when you consider only impeachment. That’s not what we’re doing.” Since then, Nadler has gone back and forth over whether or not his committee’s investigation is indeed an “impeachment inquiry.”
House Speaker Pelosi demonstrated the division within the party late last week when she frustratedly brushed off reporters on Thursday when they asked her to clarify actions taken by the House Judiciary Committee who approved rules for an investigation into the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump.
“I’m not answering any more questions on investigations,” Pelosi said at her weekly press conference.
“I’m not answering any more questions on this subject,” the House speaker snapped at reporters, as questions poured in about what the investigation could mean to her already divided party.
During the initial questioning about the vote, Pelosi assured reporters that the committee is digging into valid issues of concern to Americans:
“Is the specific language not important?” one reporter asked.
“They understand that impeachment is a very divisive measure, but if we have to go there, we’ll have to go there,” Pelosi answered. “But we can’t go there unless we have the facts. And we will follow the facts and we will follow the obstruction that the president is making of us getting the facts and make our decision when we’re ready. That’s the only thing I’m going to say about the subject and there’s nothing different from one day to the next.”
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) September 12, 2019
She also accused the reporters of being “hung up” on language when they made a point of talking about the impeachment inquiry that the committee is pursuing.