Trump Calls Executive Privilege Before Barr Contempt Vote

Fight over the unredacted version of the Mueller report rages on
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2019 9:43 AM CDT
In this May 1, 2019, file photo, Attorney General William Barr is sworn in to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

(Newser) – The House Judiciary Committee gathered Wednesday morning for its vote on holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress over the DOJ's refusal to comply with a subpoena for an unredacted version of the Mueller report. Big news came just beforehand: A letter delivered Tuesday night to committee Chair Jerrold Nadler from Assistant AG Stephen Boyd stated that in light of the contempt vote, Barr will be "compelled to request that the president invoke executive privilege with respect to the materials subject to the subpoena." That happened right before the vote. "The President has asserted executive privilege over the entirety of the subpoenaed materials," Boyd wrote in a new letter to Nadler Wednesday morning, per CNN. More:

  • CNN has the letter in full. It also expresses disappointment at the committee's choice to move forward with the contempt vote and states that "by doing so, you have terminated our ongoing negotiations and abandoned the accommodation process."

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