Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mueller report should be made public, House says in bipartisan vote

Mueller report should be made public, House says in bipartisan vote

The House on Thursday morning passed a nonbinding resolution urging special counsel Robert Mueller's report to be released to the public and Congress.

The vote was overwhelmingly bipartisan, with 420 members voting in favor of the resolution and zero voting against it.

The resolution calls for whatever report Mueller gives the attorney general to be publicly released in full, with the exception of classified or grand jury information. They do not require release of the report but also do not prevent Barr from giving the entire document to Congress.

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

As such, it is not clear if the Republican leader of the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, will put the resolution on the Senate floor for a vote.

"This resolution is critical because of the many questions and criticisms of the investigation raised by the president and his administration", said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. In making an argument for transparency, Republican leaders have pointed to Barr's comments and the existing regulations, without explicitly pressing for the underlying evidence.

"I want the American people to know as much as they can and to see as much as they can.it should have been broader", said Rep.

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The vote came as expectations rise that Mueller is near to bringing to a close a almost two-year-old investigation that has focused on whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with the Russians.

At least one Republican is siding with Democrats.

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

News outlets have reported that Mueller & Co. were in the process of writing a final report on the investigation, which looked into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation as well as possible obstruction of justice on the part of President Trump. Mueller has not indicated when he will complete the report, though an announcement on Thursday about the coming departure of a senior prosecutor on his team stoked speculation that it could be soon.

Four Republicans voted present: MI congressman Justin Amash, Florida congressman Matt Gaetz, Arizona congressman Paul Gosar and Kentucky congressman Thomas Massie. He hasn't committed to publicizing the report, but said during his confirmation hearing that he wants "to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law".

Democrats speculate that the report might have enough evidence to support an impeachment effort against the president. Concerns over Weismann's credibility as an independent investigator plagued the Mueller deputy since joining the Russia Probe.

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