In symbolic vote, House unanimously says Mueller report should be public

In symbolic vote, House unanimously says Mueller report should be 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".

In an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives called Thursday for special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election to be made public when it is completed. A bid by the Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, to have the resolution approved by voice vote after the House's action was thwarted by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. He has promised members of Congress to send his own "report" on Mueller's investigation to lawmakers, but it's unclear what that will contain.

"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.

Mueller, who is investigating any collusion with the Russians on the part of President Trump and his campaign associates, reportedly may be close to wrapping up the almost two-year probe.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa introduced legislation with Democratic Sen.

The vote came after Barr refused in his confirmation hearings in February to commit to releasing Mueller's eventual report in full. Will Hurd, R-Texas, on the House floor before the vote.

"Among other things, the president has repeatedly referred to the investigation as a witch hunt and called it a hoax, rigged, and a scam", he continued.

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The final vote tally was 420 members voting in favor, no members voting against, and four members (Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Thomas Massie, R-Ky. and Paul Gosar, R- Ariz.) voting "present".

"[Barr] understands the questions and turmoil this has caused", Collins said.

Barr, a Trump nominee who took over the Justice Department last month, replaced Jeff Sessions, who the president ousted in November after long complaining that the former senator had recused himself in 2017 from overseeing the Russian Federation probe. Barr would then get to decide how much of the report he will issue to the American public, and what wording he'd like to include with it. "It's like he was fishing for talent in the Hillary Clinton fan club aquarium".

Democrats speculate that the report might have enough evidence to support an impeachment effort against the president.

House Democrats already have vowed to subpoena the report and go to court if necessary to win its full release.

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

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