Trump uses executive privilege to keep Mueller materials, redactions from Congress

Trump uses executive privilege to keep Mueller materials, redactions from Congress

Trump uses executive privilege to keep Mueller materials, redactions from Congress

President Trump has invoked executive privilege over select contents of the Mueller report.

Federal courts have recognised a limited right by presidents to keep executive branch materials confidential.

The vote came just hours after President Trump invoked executive privilege over special counsel Robert Mueller's complete findings, escalating its battle with Congress.

"Every day we learn of new efforts by this administration to stonewall Congress".

Nadler accused Barr of acting as the "personal attorney" of President Donald Trump and of "not being truthful with Congress".

When Mr Mueller initially handed in his report, a spokesman said he would be leaving the department "within the coming days".

"You know, we always want to see grand jury material at Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act, but we can't because the law doesn't allow us to do it". It will now head to the House for a full floor vote.

Nancy Pelosi is at 78, the most powerful woman in America.

"The Department's decision reflects President Trump's blanket defiance of Congress's constitutionally mandated duties", Nadler said in a statement.

Ms Pelosi said if the committee approves contempt resolution, as is expected, the "next step" would be eventual consideration by the full House.

Almost a month later, April 18, Barr released a redacted version of the report that gave rise to Democrats' assertions that the attorney general represented Mueller's findings.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders made clear the decision was a direct response to a scheduled vote in the committee to hold Barr in contempt over his refusal to accept Nadler's demands - after releasing a redacted public version of the report last month. But those talks ultimately stalled.

"Faced with Chairman Nadler's blatant abuse of power, at the Attorney General's request, the President has no other option than to make a protective assertion of executive privilege". Short of that, there are legal restrictions concerning how much of the report can be released to the public.

"It is deeply disappointing that elected representatives of the American people have chosen to engage in such inappropriate political theatrics", Ms. Kupec said in a statement "Regrettably, Chairman Nadler's actions have prematurely terminated the accommodation process and forced the President to assert executive privilege to preserve the status quo". Democrats strongly voted for the motion and Republicans vehemently objected.

"I ask you to recognize that craven and insincere politics yield anemic dividends for Americans who have asked us to legislate", Collins said.

The vote came hours after the White House took its own provocative step, asserting executive privilege to block the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report on Russian actions to boost Trump's candidacy in the 2016 U.S. election and related evidence such as investigative interviews.

And until Wednesday morning, that seemed to be the case as the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee seeks documents from the Justice Department.

The news came as USA congressional Democrats were trying to gain access to the full, unedited Special Counsel Robert Mueller report, with the subsequent intent to bring in the author as a witness.

Barr maintained that his focus was on releasing the full report as quickly as possible rather than providing summaries that the media might mischaracterize. The development also means that any House Dems interested in simply viewing the report - a possibility previously left open by the Justice Department, will have to wait an unknown length of time before getting that opportunity again.

Nadler subpoenaed the full document and underlying evidence, saying the material was necessary for lawmakers to determine whether Trump obstructed justice by trying to upend the Mueller probe.

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