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New White House counsel preps for showdown with Democrats over executive privilege

House Democrats plan to seek immediate access to the report, but Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani says Trump's lawyers have told Justice Department officials they need to see the document before any parts of it are shared with anyone, including Congress.

As the Washington Post notes, such a high-profile skirmish over executive privilege hasn't taken place since President Richard Nixon attempted to quash the release of the infamous White House tapes that ultimately sank him in the Watergate investigation. Nixon lost that battle, and many legal scholars believe Trump will lose it too because Mueller's report will simply be too important to both Congress and the public interest.

But either way, the nation will soon be privy to a series of legal battles over what both the public and Congress have the right to know. The White House counsel’s office now comprises about 35 attorneys, and Cipollone hopes to add another handful, which would put the office closer to being on a par with that of previous administrations. 


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