Nadler: 'Constitutional Crisis' Over Mueller Report Dispute

Committee Chair Jerry Nadler begins a House Judiciary Committee hearing on

US Senate leader Mitch McConnell, in a speech set for later Tuesday, planned to declare the "case closed" after Special Counsel Robert Mueller released his findings on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. If he did not, the department warned, Trump would assert executive privilege over the entire Mueller report. Executive privilege is the president's power to keep information from the courts, Congress and the public to protect the confidentiality of the Oval Office decision-making process.

A letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd late Tuesday said that Democrats are being "unreasonable" and warned that Barr will recommend executive privilege if he is held in contempt. On Wednesday, President Trump claimed executive privilege over the full Mueller report and its underlying documents, and his administration hasn't ruled out trying to use privilege to stop special counsel Robert Mueller from testifying before Congress.

"The Trump administration has taken obstruction of Congress to new heights", he said in his opening remarks.

The official further disagreed with Nadler's assertion that the President waived executive privilege by providing materials to Mueller in the first place, saying there is past precedent for providing materials to law enforcement.

Democrats have said they are entitled to view grand jury material, but Barr has maintained he's not legally allowed to provide that material to Congress.

The matter now will be voted on by the whole House of Representatives.

Nancy Pelosi is at 78, the most powerful woman in America. "I don't think so", Pelosi said.

"If they want to do it, go ahead and do it, but stop skirting around the edges and acting as if you may do, but you may not do it and try to make a political point out of it", Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, said.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton believes Attorney General William Barr has been more than accommodating and transparent in regards to the release of the Mueller Report. The department has rejected that demand, while allowing a handful of politicians to view a version of Mueller's report with fewer redactions. But those talks ultimately stalled.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that, at the Attorney General's request, Mr Trump has made a "protective assertion of executive privilege", blocking access to the full Mueller report. Short of that, there are legal restrictions concerning how much of the report can be released to the public. A president can assert executive privilege to withhold information concerning internal executive branch deliberations. "The department's legal arguments are without credibility, merit, or legal or factual basis".

Republicans discounted the Judiciary Committee vote to hold Barr in contempt as partisan exercise.

"I would have wanted more", she said.

The House, then controlled by Republicans, voted in 2012 to hold Eric Holder, attorney general under Democratic President Barack Obama, in contempt for failing to turn over subpoenaed Justice Department documents about a gun-running investigation called Operation Fast and Furious.

The Office of Legal Counsel memo says we cannot indict a president, but William P. Barr can exonerate him without examining the underlying evidence and then hide the unredacted report from Congress.

Trump says Mueller should not testify: 'No redos for the Dems!'

While Republicans are looking to move past the investigation, Democrats are continuing to ramp up their efforts to get their hands on the full, unredacted report.

Trump, seeking re-election in 2020, is stonewalling numerous probes by House Democrats, ranging from Mueller's inquiry to matters such as Trump's tax returns and past financial records.

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