House Votes to Demand Public Release of Mueller Report

House Votes to Demand Public Release of Mueller Report

"It is important that Congress stand up for the principle of full transparency at a time when the president has publicly attacked the Russian investigation more than 1,100 times and counting", the New York Democrat said on the House floor before the vote.

Attorney General William Barr has so far refused to promise to make the contents of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe public - an issue that led most Senate Democrats to oppose his confirmation in the first place.

Excluding themselves from the bipartisan House consensus were four members, who instead chose to vote present: libertarians Rep. Justin Amash (Ky.) and Rep. Thomas Massie (Mich.), and President Donald Trump Republican loyalists Rep. Matt Gaetz (Fla.) and Paul Gosar (Ariz.). 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.

Barr is then required to provide the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees with some kind of notice and explanation that the investigation has concluded.

Trump has labeled Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt", maintaining that no collusion occurred between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation. That report must explain why the special counsel chose to either pursue or decline prosecutions. Plus, getting the full unclassified report released might be the only way to prevent both sides from selectively leaking about its contents.

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"I am going to make as much information available as I can consistent with the rules and regulations that are part of the special counsel regulations", he told lawmakers.

Afterward, Graham was equivocal on whether the full report should be released. In addition, David Archey, the senior FBI official involved in the Mueller investigation, was named to a new job this month as the top agent in the FBI's field office in Richmond, Virginia.

Schumer added that he was "deeply disappointed" in Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. Left to his own devices, Barr might decide not to share that information with the public, reasoning that it'd be bad for the country to have the president operating under the shadow of an indictment.

"I don't know what, at the end of the day, what will be releasable".

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.

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