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House panel votes to hold Barr in contempt, as Trump asserts executive privilege over Mueller files

House panel votes to hold Barr in contempt, as Trump asserts executive privilege over Mueller files | 08 May 2019 | The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to recommend holding Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's unredacted Russia report and underlying documents, after President Trump asserted executive privilege in a bid to protect those files from release. Both developments represented a major escalation in the already-tense fight between the two branches of government over access to information the Justice Department says cannot be legally released. The committee's 24-16 vote on contempt for Barr was along party lines and came after hours of debate.