A court ruling unrelated to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign might signal bad news for Democrats hoping to force the release of his full report.
In McKeever v. Barr, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a judge can only order disclosure of grand jury information, such as that which is included in the Mueller report, under a very specific and limited set of circumstances.
“That this list of enumerated exceptions is so specific bolsters our conclusion,” wrote Senior Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.
“McKeever points to nothing in Rule 6(e)(3) that suggests a district court has authority to order disclosure of grand jury matter outside the enumerated exceptions.”
The case was brought by Stuart McKeever, an author and attorney investigating the 1956 disappearance of Columbia University professor Jesus Galindez.
McKeever sought the relase of secret grand jury information in order to determine whether former FBI agent John Joseph Frank, who had been indicted for being an unreported foreign agent, might also have been involved in a plot to murder Galindez.
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