JUST IN: Senate Intel Committee report on Russian social media activity in 2016 election affirms IC conclusion that Russian online campaign overwhelmingly opposed Clinton and boosted Trump. https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Report_Volume2.pdf
This makes it seem like Howell is leaning very strongly toward concluding the House is engaged in impeachment proceedings. That would be a huge win for Pelosi and Dems -- and the power of Congress as a whole to set its own processes.
Howell says based on DC Circuit and SCOTUS precedent "I owe enormous deference" to how the House decides it's in impeachment proceedings. "Am I misreading those cases?" she asks.
Howell has made a couple of side points worth mentioning: She points out DOJ's policy that a sitting president can't be indicted has never been addressed in court. She also notes the Mueller probe at about 22 months was "among the shortest special counsel investigations ever."
Judge now says she may give "deference" to the House on its reasons for seeking grand jury maerial >>>
DOJ's Shapiro says the House keeps "shifting" in its reasons for why it needs the Mueller materials. The initial application was about obstruction and the Mueller report and McGahn. Howell cuts her off, says she may need to give "deference" to the House.