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

Blanche Robertson
March 15, 2019

If a full report isn't released, House Democrats have made it clear they will do whatever they can to get hold of it. Nadler has said he would subpoena the final report and invite - or even subpoena - Mueller to talk about it.

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".

Additionally, it is still uncertain whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will bring the resolution to the Senate floor for a vote. The network news noted Democratic lawmakers say they will demand the full release of the report.

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. 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. That report must explain why the special counsel chose to either pursue or decline prosecutions.

The vote is not legally binding, but it represents the growing pressure from both sides of the aisle on the Justice Department to disclose as much of the report as possible. "All signs right now point to Mueller finding no collusion with Russian Federation, at least not by Trump, in the final report". "Full transparency is the only way to prevent future speculation".

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At least one Republican is siding with Democrats.

"My goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law", he said in his opening statement, saying he believes "it is very important that the public and Congress be informed of the results of the special counsel's work".

In February, six House Democratic committee chairs, led by Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler of NY, made a similar request in a letter to Barr.

Afterward, Graham was equivocal on whether the full report should be released. 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. "We will take it to court if necessary", House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff of California told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview last month.

I'm tempted to write "Since when do congressional Republicans defy Trump?" but today would be the wrong day to make that point.

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