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

15 March 2019

The departure could be a sign that Mr. Mueller's team is wrapping up their investigation into allegations of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 USA presidential election.

The resolution Thursday said the allegations at the center of Mueller's probe "strike at the core of our democracy, and there is an overwhelming public interest in releasing the special counsel's report to ensure public confidence in both the process and the result of the investigation".

With Democrats in control of the House, it is a near-certainty that the bill will pass, forcing Republicans to go on record on whether they support the transparency of the report or not, before it moves to the Senate for another likely vote.

The measure passed Thursday is largely symbolic and preemptive in case Attorney General William Barr decides to withhold the report and only submit a summary of it, which is his prerogative.

"Congress will not accept any attempt by Mr Barr or the president to bury the report and the findings of the special counsel".

For Democrats, however, passing the resolution was an important gesture, as during his confirmation hearing, Barr refused to pledge to release the full report to the public.

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. Those regulations require only that the report explain the decisions to pursue or to decline prosecutions, which could be as simple as a bullet point list or as fulsome as a report running hundreds of pages.

At least one Republican is siding with Democrats. "And in the end, I think the department understands they're going to have to make this public".

In February, six House Democratic committee chairs, led by Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler of NY, made a similar request in a letter to Barr. He added that "full transparency is the only way to prevent future innuendo". "The American people need to know as much as they can and see as much as they can". Lindsey Graham of SC interjected and asked that the resolution be modified to call for Attorney General William Barr to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Department of Justice's handling of the Clinton email investigation and other matters. But he stopped short of giving a full-throated guarantee that the report would be made public.

Afterward, Graham was equivocal on whether the full report should be released.

"Andrew has been involved with NYU Law in the past and we have been talking with him about returning to the Law School following his current commitments", said Michael Orey, a spokesman for the Law School.

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