May 8, 2019 / 2:29 PM / in 11 days

Trump has asserted executive privilege over entire Mueller report - Justice Department official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday asserted executive privilege over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report and its underlying investigative materials, escalating a battle with the Democrats on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

The move, announced by the Justice Department in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, came just minutes before the panel was poised to vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for defying a congressional subpoena to hand over the full unredacted report.

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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