In symbolic vote, House unanimously says Mueller report should be public

In symbolic vote, House unanimously says Mueller report should be public

In what may be one of the most bipartisan votes in years, the U.S House of Representatives late Thursday morning voted 420-0 to demand the Dept. of Justice publicly release the Mueller report.

The resolution, introduced last week by the heads of six House oversight committees that are investigating Trump, calls on Barr to make public everything in the Mueller report that is not expressly prohibited by law and to provide the entire document to Congress. Lawmakers in both parties have maintained there will have to be some sort of public resolution when the report is done - and privately hope that a report shows conclusions that are favorable to their own side. Only four Congressmen, all Republicans, voted "present": Reps.

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

It's unclear exactly what documentation will be produced at the end of the probe into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russian Federation, and how much of that the Justice Department will allow people to see.

But the resolution by itself can not force attorney general William Barr to publish more of the report than he intends to - and that is why even some of the Republicans supporting it complained that the measure was a waste of time.

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

"During his confirmation, Attorney General Barr said he wants to be transparent with Congress and the public, consistent with the rules and the law". But Barr can use his discretion over what he wants to share.

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". A bid by the Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, to have the resolution approved by voice vote after the House's action was thwarted by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. "The taxpayers paid millions for this information, and they should get to see all of it". "Full transparency is the only way to prevent future speculation". But he stopped short of giving a full-throated guarantee that the report would be made public.

Democrats are anxious that Barr's strict defense of his own prerogative, combined with his stated respect for Justice Department rules advising against both the indictment of a sitting president or impugning an unindicted individual in an investigative report, means potential information implicating President Donald Trump in alleged wrongdoing could be buried.

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