“The committee has continued and will continue [its impeachment] investigations consistent with its own prior statements respecting their importance and purposes,” Letter wrote in a filing Monday as part of the House’s bid to obtain Mueller’s grand-jury evidence.
The House is expected to vote Wednesday on two articles of impeachment — one charging Trump with abuse of power and another with obstruction of Congress. The articles are focused primarily on Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.
Democrats had strongly considered charging Trump with obstruction of justice based on Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Monday’s filing indicates that Democrats are keeping that option available even after the House’s impeachment process concludes this week.
Letter’s suggestion that the Judiciary Committee’s impeachment investigation is ongoing cites a report released earlier Monday by the panel outlining the impeachment case against Trump. In that report, Democrats argued that Trump committed criminal bribery and wire fraud when he pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rivals.
But the panel also emphasized that it had been stymied by Trump in its effort to obtain testimony from Mueller’s central witness, former White House counsel Don McGahn, as well as its bid to access Mueller’s grand jury materials. The chief judge of the D.C. District Court sided with House Democrats in the initial case, but the Justice Department has appealed that ruling.