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House Judiciary Committee approves amendment opposing Trump’s assertion of executive privilege

May 8, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a new amendment to its contempt report against Attorney General William P. Barr that responds directly to President Trump invoking executive privilege.

In a 20-12 vote along party lines, the committee formally adopted the amendment outlining its objections to Mr. Trump asserting executive privilege over materials subpoenaed by House Democrats.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat, proposed the amendment, which insists Mr. Trump’s privilege claim is invalid.

“The committee has a number of concerns about the validity of this assertion,” the amendment states. It also rejects the timing of the privilege, which occurred just moments before a hearing to hold Mr. Barr in contempt.

The amendment also blasts the Justice Department, saying it has not provided any information to assist the committee’s evaluation of the privilege claim.