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


Gaetz said afterward that while he supported making the report public, he objected to other language in the resolution praising the special counsel, Robert Mueller, whose team he has repeatedly attacked as partisan.

The US House of Representatives, now Democrat controlled, voted unanimously Thursday for a resolution calling for any final report in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation to be made public, a symbolic action created to pressure Attorney General William Barr into releasing as much information as possible when the probe is concluded.

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".

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the Democratic leader, tried to move the resolution through the Senate later Thursday by unanimous consent, but he was blocked by Sen.

Justice Department regulations governing the appointment of special counsels give Barr latitude in deciding how much of the report to made public.

The non-binding resolution said there is "overwhelming public interest" to release the content of the report, which would cap Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Four GOP House members voted present in an apparent protest.

But House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern warned his colleagues earlier this week at a hearing for the resolution not to jump to any conclusions about what is in Mueller's report.

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, said the end of Mueller's investigation is "long overdue" and that he must be transparent with the public.

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He added that it was critical to pass the resolution because of the "many questions and criticisms of the investigation" raised by the Trump administration.

When the investigation concludes, Mueller is required by regulation to submit a confidential report to Attorney General William Barr. Whether or not Mueller is close to finishing the probe is unclear, but several individuals close to Trump have been indicted and convicted for crimes uncovered during the course of the investigation.

Bringing a vote on the resolution also served as a way for Democrats to put Republicans on record on the issue.

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.

Mueller has not said when he will complete the report and it remains to be determined what will be published and how much of it will be released to the public.

"A vote for this resolution will send a clear signal to both the American people and to the department of justice that Congress believes transparency is a fundamental principle necessary to ensure that government remains accountable to the public", Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler said on the House floor.

"I see this as the surest sign yet of a wrap-up", McQuade said.