"The court case yesterday was a huge victory for the American people and for our Constitution. The single best line in the whole case, as it appeared on page two where Judge Chief Judge Beryl Howell says the Department of Justice is wrong. Essentially, what the court found is that we have the right to obtain the grand jury materials that Attorney General Barr wanted to block from us. We have a right to define the impeachment process the way we wanted to define it. And there's nothing wrong with what we've done."
"The U.S. District Court said the impeachment inquiry is lawful. It's constitutional. It is completely within the power of the House of Representatives. Article 1 says that the House of Representatives has the sole power of impeachment. And it's up to us to define our rules. And so we have defined the rules following what the Republicans have always done in terms of the committees when they're in power. And so we saw this frivolous and absurd complaint this week that there's something illegitimate about the process. The United States District Court flatly rejected that. The court said that -- I think it's it's a three-word sentence -- DOJ is wrong."
"We think that the courts are going to continue to stand by our power to obtain the information we need, both as a matter of general oversight, but also as a matter of the House of Representatives conducting an impeachment inquiry. And Chief Judge Beryl Howell put to rest yesterday any claim that we are not in an impeachment inquiry, we most emphatically are in an impeachment inquiry."
A judge has ordered the Justice Department to give the House secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, handing a victory to Democrats as they gather evidence for the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
In a Friday ruling that also affirmed the legality of the impeachment inquiry itself, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ordered the department to turn over the materials by Oct. 30.
A Justice Department spokeswoman said it was reviewing the decision. The administration can appeal.
"We think that the courts are going to continue to stand by our power to obtain the information we need, both as a matter of general oversight, but also as a matter of the House of Representatives conducting an impeachment inquiry, US Congressman Jamie Raskin said.
Raskin spoke to reporters on Capitol Hill, as the Democrats' inquiry continued at full speed Saturday with a rare weekend session.
Philip Reeker, the acting assistant secretary of state for Europe, testified behind closed doors.
The ruling in favor of the House Judiciary Committee comes as Democrats gather closed-door testimony from current and former government officials about the Trump administration's efforts to get Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden.
The Mueller materials could reveal previously hidden details to lawmakers about Trump's actions during the 2016 election and become part of the impeachment push.
The material covered by Howell's order consists of redacted grand jury testimony mentioned in Mueller's report.
The Justice Department says that information is the only piece of the document that key lawmakers have not had access to.
Democrats believe the still-redacted information could shed new light on key episodes of the investigation, including discussions Trump is reported to have had with associates about the release of stolen emails during the campaign and conversations about a 2016 Trump Tower meeting at which Trump's eldest son expected to receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
The judge said the materials could help lawmakers as they decide which witnesses to call for an impeachment inquiry and what additional lines of investigation should be pursued.
On Saturday, Trump tweeted that he's "not concerned with the impeachment scam. I am not because I did nothing wrong."