Trump declares executive privilege over Mueller report

Source: The Hill | May 8, 2019 | Morgan Chalfant and Jordan Fabian

President Trump has asserted executive privilege over special counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report and the underlying evidence, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd notified the House Judiciary Committee of the development in a letter Wednesday morning, as the committee was poised to vote on a contempt citation against Attorney General William Barr for failing to turn over the unredacted report and underlying materials, which the panel had demanded via subpoena.

“We are disappointed that you have rejected the Department of Justice’s request to delay the vote of the Committee on the Judiciary on a contempt finding against the Attorney General this morning,” Boyd wrote in a letter to Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).

“Accordingly, this is to advise you that the President has asserted executive privilege over the entirety of the subpoenaed materials.” 

The White House maintained in a statement that Trump had “no other option” than to exert executive privilege.

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