House votes 420-0 to make Mueller's report public

15 March, 2019, 07:55 | Author: Carlos George
  • House poised to pass measure calling for DOJ to publicly release Mueller's report

Republicans joined with Democrats as the House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a resolution to make public special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russian Federation investigation after he releases it to Attorney General William Barr.

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.

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. Barr would then get to decide how much of the report he will issue to the American public, and what wording he'd like to include with it. House Democrats have previously indicated they would be willing to use their congressional subpoena power if Barr withholds substantial information from the report.

It's unclear if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will introduce the measure in his chamber.

During his confirmation process, Barr told Congress that he would permit Mueller to complete his work, and that his goal would be to provide "as much transparency" as he could within the limits of the law. 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.

Rep. Douglas Collins, ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said the resolution was a restatement of Barr saying he wants to be "transparent with Congress and the public consistent with the rules and the law".

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

"I want the American people to know as much as they can and see as much as they can", said Hurd, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer.

Several Republicans have also agreed that Mueller should release not simply the full report, but any and all investigative materials that informed it.

He said the resolution was also needed because Department of Justice officials have hinted they may not "release information about individuals who are not indicted".

Now that it's on the other side of Capitol Hill, Senator Lindsey Graham has a change to the resolution. "All signs right now point to Mueller finding no collusion with Russian Federation, at least not by Trump, in the final report".

"We let Mueller look at all things Trump, related to collusion and otherwise", Graham said.

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