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House Votes Almost Unanimously For Public Release Of Mueller Report

House Votes Almost Unanimously For Public Release Of Mueller Report

The House of Representatives wants special counsel Robert Mueller's report to be made available to them-and the public.

In a bill, which likely will come to the House floor for a vote later today, House Democrats call for the public release of any report issued by the special counsel's office.

The Democrat-backed nonbinding resolution was approved 420-0, with four Republican House members voting "present". But it's still not clear how much of the report, which will be submitted to Attorney General William Barr, will ever see the light of day. It also calls for the entire report to be given to Congress.

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".

In introducing the resolution, Nadler and five other Democratic committee chairs said "the public is clearly served by transparency with respect to any investigation that could implicate or exonerate the president and his campaign".

But the effort did not move forward after Republican Sen.

Trump has labeled Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt", maintaining that no collusion occurred between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

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Four Republicans voted present: MI congressman Justin Amash, Florida congressman Matt Gaetz, Arizona congressman Paul Gosar and Kentucky congressman Thomas Massie. That report must explain why the special counsel chose to either pursue or decline prosecutions. He said he has no reason to believe that Barr won't follow the regulations.

During his confirmation hearings, Barr promised to be as transparent as possible but did not commit to a public release of the full report. Richard Blumenthal of CT that would require Mueller to submit a detailed report to lawmakers and the public at the end of the investigation.

But Democrats have said they are unsatisfied with Barr's answers and want a stronger commitment to releasing the full report, along with interview transcripts and other underlying evidence.

"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 February, six House Democratic committee chairs, led by Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler of NY, made a similar request in a letter to Barr.

Representative Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and author of the resolution, said on the House floor: "It is important that Congress stand up for the principle of full transparency at a time when the president has publicly attacked the Russian Federation investigation more than 1,100 times and counting". He must then notify Congress, but has not indicated to what extent he intends to share the information with lawmakers or the public.