A federal judge ruled Friday that the Department of Justice must hand over to Congress certain redacted materials from Robert Mueller’s special counsel report, in a victory for House Democrats.

From Judge Howell’s ruling:

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) claims that existing law bars disclosure to the Congress of grand jury information. See DOJ’s Resp. to App. of HJC for an Order Authorizing Release of Certain Grand Jury Materials (“DOJ Resp.”), ECF No. 20. DOJ is wrong.

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*ZING!*

Furthermore:

In a double victory for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Judge Beryl Howell — the chief federal judge in Washington — ruled that the impeachment inquiry Democrats have launched is valid even though the House hasn’t taken a formal vote on it. The decision rejects arguments by DOJ and congressional Republicans that a formal vote is necessary to launch impeachment proceedings.

Anyone else’s tinfoil fitting snugly enough that you suspect that mayyyybe this is why Barr needed to drop a distraction like “Criminal Oranges Investigation” yesterday?

Either way, good news for Judiciary. Barr could’ve avoided this ruling if he’d just agreed to hand everything over in the first place, but this is the Trump Dysministration, so everything’s going to be like pulling teeth.

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Next week will be so much to keep up with— Halloween parties, AND Tim Morrison’s deposition! He’s expected to corroborate Taylor’s testimony, so the Drumpf Club is purely not happy about it. Everyone take your vitamins.

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