After spending the months preceding the global pandemic in a futile impeachment attempt, House Democrats are now again trying to impeach President Donald Trump.
The lower chamber majority told the Supreme Court on Monday that they are in the middle of an “ongoing presidential impeachment investigation” that requires redacted information from the grand-jury proceedings that were part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s two-and-a-half-year probe.
Since Trump was finally acquitted of two articles of impeachment in February, Democrats have expressed a desire to try again, requesting that the nation’s highest court grant them classified material that they have pledged not to leak under “special protocols.”
“The [House Judiciary] Committee’s investigation did not cease with the conclusion of the impeachment trial,” Democrats wrote to the court. “If this material reveals new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses that are not covered by the articles adopted by the House, the committee will proceed accordingly — including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment.”
The focus on information from the Mueller probe comes more than a year after the independent special counsel wrapped up his investigation with unlimited resources that exonerated the president on charges of Russian collusion and obstruction of justice for firing FBI Director James Comey.
Even after the Mueller investigation — which enjoyed wall-to-wall coverage from legacy media — revealed claims that members of the Trump campaign, including the president himself, were acting as Russian agents as nothing more than a wild conspiracy theory, Democrats are moving forward with another impeachment inquiry anyway.
The latest effort comes three months after the collapse of their attempt to impeach Trump over a phone call with the Ukrainian president, and in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression amid the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. As of last week, more than 36 million Americans had filed for unemployment, reaching record-high levels of joblessness nearing 15 percent. Meanwhile, the virus has led to the death of more than 90,000 Americans, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.