WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in response to Judge Beryl Howell’s decision regarding House Judiciary Democrats’ application for the release of grand jury material from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

“This ruling is dangerous for every American. The grand jury secrecy rules exist to protect innocent people against public disclosure of information and hearsay that could unfairly harm them.

“When we’re considering removing a democratically elected president, our best yardstick is historical experience, and this decision ignores that experience while failing to answer the crucial question of when this supposed ‘impeachment inquiry’ actually began.

“I look forward to an expeditious appeal.”