US President Donald Trump has invoked executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report and other subpoenaed materials, the Justice Department has said.
The decision was announced by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning. The committee was poised to vote on a contempt citation against Attorney General William Barr over failure to present the unredacted Mueller report and other materials, that have been demanded through 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,” Boyd wrote in the letter. “Accordingly, this is to advise you that the President has asserted executive privilege over the entirety of the subpoenaed materials.”
The White House defended Trump’s move, stating that the President had “no other option” besides invoking the executive privilege, as he faced “blatant abuse of power” from the Committee’s Chairman Jerrold Nadler.