What is Trump trying to hide from Congress and the American people?
On Wednesday morning, the Trump administration announced he is invoking executive privilege to hide the Mueller report in an attempt to obstruct justice and exact revenge on Congress for moving to hold Attorney William Barr in contempt of Congress.
In a letter to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chair of the Judiciary Committee, the Department of Justice said Trump "has asserted executive privilege over the entirety of the subpoenaed materials." The letter was released to the public soon after Nadler began a committee meeting where the Judiciary Committee will vote on whether to hold Bar in contempt for not handing over the un-redacted Mueller report and all underlying evidence.
In his opening statement at the hearing, Nadler slammed Trump for engaging in an escalation of obstruction.
"And to those who consider the matter 'case closed,' in the words of some of our leaders, and who urge us to simply move on, I would say that to do so is to announce loud and clear that such a course of action has the effect of aiding and abetting in the administration's campaign of total blanket and unprecedented obstruction," Nadler said.
"The Trump administration and its enablers may brazenly try to cover up the misdeeds uncovered by the special counsel. But on this committee, we will represent the American people and ensure the truth is known."
Nadler also accused the Trump administration of "misapplying the doctrine of executive privilege — since the White House waived these privileges long ago, and the Department seemed open to sharing these materials with us just yesterday."
Claims of executive privilege have been questioned by many, especially since Trump waived executive privilege when Barr released the redacted Mueller report.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement about executive privilege that was riddled with lies regarding the Mueller report. Whereas the Mueller report contains ample and overwhelming evidence of Trump committing obstruction of justice, Sanders falsely called it the "no-collusion, no-conspiracy, no-obstruction Mueller Report."
All the bloviating from the White House comes a week after Barr's train wreck of a hearing before the Senate, where it was made clear that he perjured himself.
Trump has repeatedly and wrongly claimed that the Mueller report fully exonerated him of all crimes. But in reality, even the un-redacted report is full of incriminating information. In fact, hundreds of former federal prosecutors have signed a public letter declaring that Trump's obstruction of justice, detailed in the report, is blatant and blatantly criminal and if he were anyone other than the president of the United States, he would certainly be indicted on "multiple felony charges."
Trump is now trying to retroactively hide the rest of the Mueller report.
"If allowed to go unchecked, this obstruction means the end of congressional oversight," Nadler said. "As a co-equal branch of government, we should not and cannot allow this to continue."
Published with permission of The American Independent.