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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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Supreme Court rejects Trump's attempt to shield documents from Jan. 6 committee

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The Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday night a bid by former President Trump to block the release of documents and records from his administration to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Trump asked the Supreme Court to step in and block the release of the documents last month after a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied his attempt to prevent the committee from obtaining the materials.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Biden says Russia likely to invade Ukraine

President Biden addressed the brewing conflict between Russia and Ukraine during a press briefing Wednesday, saying of Russian President Vladimir Putin, "my guess is he will move in."

Why it matters: U.S. officials have issued a series of warnings about Russia's threatening military buildup on the border with Ukraine, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying in Kyiv earlier Wednesday that Russia could invade "on very short notice."

Biden challenges GOP agenda: "What are Republicans for?"

President Biden pushed back against Republican efforts to obstruct his agenda during a press conference Wednesday, asking "What are Republicans for?"

Why it matters: Biden's speech comes as he approaches one year in office, facing low polling numbers and a stalled agenda.