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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that President Trump "has no other option than to make a protective assertion of executive privilege" over the full, unredacted Mueller report in response to the House Judiciary Committee's contempt vote for Attorney General Bill Barr.

Driving the news: The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted along party lines to bring a resolution to hold Barr in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena for the full report and its underlying materials. In a letter to Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd confirmed that the president will assert executive privilege over "the entirety of the subpoenaed materials" in the Mueller report.

  • During the House Judiciary Committee's hearing for the markup of Barr's contempt resolution, Nadler said: "Since the White House waived these privileges long ago and the department seemed open to sharing these materials with us just yesterday, this decision represents a clear escalation in the Trump administration’s blanket defiance. I hope the department will think better of this last-minute outburst and return to negotiations."
  • Nadler added: "The fight is not just about the Mueller report. ... The president has stated that his administration will oppose all subpoenas. ... This is unprecedented. If allowed to go unchecked, this obstruction means the end of Congressional oversight."

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Tim Scott says Trump "misspoke" when he told Proud Boys to "stand by"

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told reporters on Wednesday that he believes President Trump "misspoke" when he told the far-right "Proud Boys" group to "stand back and stand by" in response to a question about condemning white supremacy at the first presidential debate.

Catch up quick: Moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump on Tuesday, "Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down?" Trump asked who specifically he should condemn, and then responded, "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about antifa and the left."

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Commission on Presidential Debates wants changes

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The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday that it plans to implement changes to rules for the remaining debates, after Tuesday night's head-to-head between Joe Biden and Donald Trump was practically incoherent for most of the night.

What they are saying: "Last night's debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues," the CPD said in a statement.

Trump says he doesn't know who Proud Boys are after telling them to "stand by"

President Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he doesn't know who the Proud Boys are, after saying at the presidential debate last night that the far-right group should "stand back and stand by" in response to a question asking him to condemn white supremacists.

Why it matters: The comments set off outrage and calls for clarification from a number of Republican senators. After being asked several times on Wednesday whether he will condemn white supremacy, Trump responded, "I have always denounced any form — any form of any of that, you have to denounce. But I also — Joe Biden has to say something about antifa."