US House Passes Bill to Make Report on Mueller's Probe Public

US House Passes Bill to Make Report on Mueller's Probe Public

US House Passes Bill to Make Report on Mueller's Probe Public

Under the statute governing the special counsel's work, Mueller is only required to provide Attorney General Bill Barr with a "confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions".

The House voted overwhelmingly and in bipartisan fashion Thursday (March 14) to urge the Justice Department to publicly release the entirety of special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, once completed.

Schumer accused Graham of blocking the resolution as a result of his request, saying, "Let the American people know that the Republican majority in the Senate, at least for now, is blocking a resolution that the Mueller report should be made public".

Mueller is reportedly close to completing a almost two-year probe into Russian interference during the 2016 election, and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for a vote on the measure but was blocked by Sen.

"Transparency is fundamental to the special counsel's process, especially when dealing with matters of national security involving the president", said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, whose committee will oversee any impeachment motion. In doing so, he revealed a wealth of details about a sophisticated Russian effort to influence the 2016 election and about a campaign eager to reap the benefits of that activity.

Four members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, a group strongly allied with Trump, voted "present".

Weissmann's upcoming departure is the latest sign that Mueller is all but done, NPR said.

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Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, said the end of Mueller's investigation is "long overdue" and that he must be transparent with the public.

Though they voted for the resolution, many Republicans expressed skepticism about the wisdom and likely success of Democrats' quest.

Several Republicans have also agreed that Mueller should release not simply the full report, but any and all investigative materials that informed it.

It is anticipated that Mueller will soon finish his report and deliver it to Barr, who has not indicated whether he will make it public.

"As this resolution makes clear, Congress will not accept any attempt by Mr. Barr or the President to bury the report and the findings of the Special Counsel". House Democrats have previously indicated they would be willing to use their congressional subpoena power if Barr withholds substantial information from the report.

Six House committee chairs introduced the resolution on Friday.

"We'll see", he said.

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