Congress has managed twice to obtain federal grand jury information in prior special counsel investigations, but the legal and factual landscape surrounding those situations is distinct from the landscape surrounding the Mueller report.
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The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, finding that courts have no inherent authority to release grand jury material, may be a roadblock for Congress’s efforts to obtain the Mueller report—but it will also harm other efforts to comb through archives.
Now that many members of Congress are demanding the instant delivery of Robert Mueller’s full report and underlying evidence, the events leading up to the transfer of the Watergate Road Map are worth revisiting.
“It would be unthinkable if this material were kept from the House of Representatives in the course of the discharge of its most awesome constitutional responsibility.”
—Letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Peter Rodino, Mar. 8, 1974
What the Watergate 'Road Map' Reveals About Improper Contact Between the White House and the Justice Department
Details of the interactions show why contacts between the president and the top officials investigating his White House were risky for all involved.
The release of the Watergate 'road map' precipitated a debate about whether the special counsel should follow a similar path. But there is another course of action.
Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski’s road map report to the House of Representatives hastened the impeachment of President Nixon in 1974, but might be a bad model for Robert Mueller.
The Road Map is now public. What does it teach about how Bob Mueller should think about his coming report?
The National Archives has not only made Leon Jaworski’s Road Map public, but has also collected a trove of related information that may be of interest to readers.