Last updated on August 14, 2019
On May 8th, President Donald Trump asserted executive privilege over the full Mueller Report, which found there was no collusion with Russia.
“This protective assertion of executive privilege,” Assistant Attorney General for the Law Office of Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd said (courtesy of Lawfare.org), “ensures the President’s ability to make a decision whether to assert privilege following a full review of these materials.”
According to thejurist.org, this decision comes in response to the House Judiciary Committee voting to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing to testify. In a released Contempt Report by the Judiciary Committee, they asked for the full, unredacted Mueller report in order determine if there was any misconduct and what the appropriate response should be. The committee also expressed discontent with the version of the report released and presented by Barr.
“The redacted version of the Mueller Report presented gave concerns,” the Committee said, “about the susceptibility of the nations democratic institutions to foreign disinformation campaigns and the vulnerability of our election infrastructure.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller wrote a letter to Barr, protesting his description of the Russian investigation results. According to Mueller, the edited version “did not fully capture the context, substance, and nature” of his findings in the Russian investigation.
Splinternews.com, Rep. David N. Cicilline anticipated Mueller in front of the House Judiciary Committee on May 15th. An Associated Press news article however stated that Mueller will not be appearing in court for questioning this week about his report. California Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff emphasized in a “This Week” interview the importance of Mueller’s inclusion.
“The American people have a right to hear what the man who did the investigation has to say,” Schiff said, “and we now know we certainly can’t rely on the attorney general who misrepresented his conclusions.”
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