United States attorney general faces contempt vote over Mueller report

White House tells former counsel McGahn not to comply with subpoena

About 10 percent of the Mueller report was redacted, at times clearly because it involved information relevant to the upcoming trial of longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone. The Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that a president's right to privacy in his communications must be balanced against the power of Congress to investigate and oversee the executive branch.

In earlier remarks to the committee Wednesday, Nadler said that the issue was bigger than just the report-by asserting executive privilege to block congressional subpoenas, the White House was attacking Congress itself.

"Congressional tolerance of Trump administration slow-walking of document and witness requests have only led to outright stonewalling", said Flynn, "and that deeply disturbing pattern must be ended now".

"We believe strongly that ... the overwhelming weight of professional judgment would come down in favour of prosecution for the conduct outlined in the Mueller report", the letter said.

It will next have to be approved by the full Democrat-controlled House.

Nancy Pelosi is at 78, the most powerful woman in America.

"Every White House, of course, has the ability to properly invoke executive privilege in order to protect certain information", says attorney Mark S. Zaid.

"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.

The Justice Department offered on Tuesday to allow more staffers to view the less-redacted version that was made available to select congressional leaders, but Democrats rejected the department's offer. But those talks ultimately stalled.

Moments after Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the committee, opened the hearing, the White House invoked executive privilege over the full contents of Mueller's report.

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The current attorney general, who was appointed by the president, missed another deadline last week to release an uncensored version of the report.

Nadler fired back, saying the department's legal arguments are not credible.

"I can't imagine a more illogical hill for a legislator to die on", Mr Collins said in a statement.

It was the first time that Congress had held the top USA law enforcement official or any Cabinet member in contempt.

Evidence includes his refusal to disclose his tax return as has been customary for presidents, his assertions that factual news reporting is false and this claim the Mueller investigation was meritless and need not be shown to Congress or the people.

Following the 22-12 vote along party lines, committee chair Jerry Nadler (D-New York) told reporters the USA is now in a "constitutional crisis".

On Tuesday, the Trump administration stymied a separate effort by House Judiciary Democrats to subpoena records from McGahn, directing him not to provide the documents. Hundreds of former Justice Department officials said in an open letter released Monday that Trump would face multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice stemming from the Russian Federation investigation if he were not President.

The Justice Department told Nadler on Wednesday that it is terminating all negotiations with the panel over access to the full and unredacted Mueller report.

Trump says Mueller should not testify: 'No redos for the Dems!' A contempt citation against Barr, who last week also refused to testify before the panel, could lead next to an enforcement action, either in the courts or in Congress, involving fines and possibly imprisonment. Several also pointed out Democrats moved much more quickly to hold Barr in contempt than Republicans on the oversight committee did with his Democratic predecessor Eric Holder in 2012 when they were seeking documents in the Fast and Furious case.

In a speech from the Senate floor, the Kentucky Republican said Mueller became a "secular saint" for Democrats "destined to rescue the country from the inconvenient truth" that President Donald Trump was elected. "It's finally over", McConnell said in prepared remarks.

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