A lower court ruled in March that the House Judiciary Committee has a “compelling need” to view the secretive details prosecutors had collected from witnesses about President Donald Trump. The court set a May 11 deadline.
On Thursday, Solicitor General Noel Francisco asked the Supreme Court to put the May 11 deadline on hold, while the DOJ prepares its appeal.
Roberts agreed to a temporary stay and asked for a response from the House by May 18.
The administration had said last month that it planned to make the request to the high court. Should the nine justices decide they want to hear the case, it could be months before it’s resolved.
This story has been updated to include additional background information.