Trump has asserted executive privilege over entire Mueller report: Justice Dept official




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U.S. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend "Be Best" anniversary event at the White House in Washington  

By Sarah N. Lynch

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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