But the resolution would give Chairman Jerrold Nadler the discretion to throw the first punch, even as the terms of that looming separation of powers fight remain unsettled.
The majority Democrats on a House of Representatives committee are moving this week to subpoena the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and five former White House officials. That looks unlikely to happen. Attorney General William Barr said on Friday the full report should be released by mid-April or sooner.
Democrats, who hold a seven-seat majority on the 41-member Judiciary Committee, fear that Barr could use redactions to suppress evidence of potential misconduct by Trump and his campaign that could be vital to their congressional oversight agenda. It was not clear how likely the department would be to hand over the documents. The court said Congress clearly needed the material to conduct an effective impeachment investigation, and noted that the Democratic-led House Judiciary committee had taken "elaborate precautions to insure against unnecessary and inappropriate disclosure of these materials".
Nadler noted that his committee has the same constitutional rights as the Watergate-era committees did, regardless of whether the special counsel regulations had changed in the intervening 45 years.
The Justice Department declined to comment. We will not wait much longer.
Barr is reportedly reviewing the special counsel's report for material he considers derogatory to "peripheral third parties". Judicial Watch, not Congress nor the corrupt media, remains the best path forward for getting the full truth about the effort to overthrow President Trump, which is the worst corruption scandal in American history.
Collins said the authorization for subpoenas is "reckless" and that Democrats shouldn't be asking for documents that the Justice Department can't legally disclose to the public.
But that process can be slow.
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) wondered if Jordan had information the rest of the committee did not. Nixon withheld tape recordings and other material subpoenaed by Jaworski, citing executive privilege. But Barr told lawmakers last week that there are no plans for redactions based on that.
Trump himself has largely deferred to Barr on the report's release while also saying he wouldn't mind if the full version was made public.
Another fight could be over grand jury information.
That initiative is sure to spark a new battle in Washington as a five-member Democratic congressional delegation visiting El Salvador, including Rep. Eliot Engel of NY, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, returns to the capital.
"Why is the chairman doing this?" asked the committee's top Republican, Doug Collins of Georgia. Senior Justice Department officials have expressed opposition to releasing information that could damage an individual who is not charged with a crime.
Barr and House Democrats appear headed for a dispute over whether the information in the report that came from grand jury testimony can go to Congress. Trump is now calling demands to release the report a "disgrace" and a "waste of time".
Congressional investigations also are swirling around the president. "And it's hard to imagine something that rises more to that level than this investigation".
Republican Representative Jim Sensenbrenner said he would be willing to join legal action to obtain the grand jury material and predicted other Republicans would as well.