Trump Asserts ‘Executive Privilege’ Over Mueller Report, AG Barr Facing Contempt Vote Today

The White House has now asserted ‘executive privilege’ in an attempt to block congressional access to the Mueller report. Washington Post reports:

“The move came shortly before the House Judiciary Committee planned to begin contempt proceedings against Attorney General William Barr for failing to provide the full, unredacted report to Congress.”

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The clash between the Legislative and Executive branches continues today.

After denying a subpoena to hand over the unredacted version of the Mueller Report, the House scheduled a vote for today to rule whether Attorney General William Barr is in contempt of Congress.

With the House Panel likely to be Democrat-controlled, Barr’s representatives said in a statement they wanted to find a compromise that “meets the legitimate interests” of both branches of government.

Should the House vote Barr guilty of obstruction of justice and abuse of power, it could lead the way to details about President Trump being guilty of the same.

Tax Release Tussle

The announcement came on the same day Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin denied House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal’s request to see six years worth of Trump’s tax returns.

That refusal could mean more legal action in the latest of a series of stonewalls against the Democrats efforts into possible misconduct by the President.

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