House Votes for Russia Investigation Final Report Be Public

Erika Holt
March 15, 2019

"I am deeply concerned that Attorney General Barr may attempt to withhold Mueller's full report from the public and the underlying evidence from Congress", said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff ahead of the vote.

In a bill, which likely will come to the House floor for a vote later today, House Democrats call for the public release of any report issued by the special counsel's office.

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

The resolution also calls for the report to be sent to Congress.

"Transparency is fundamental to the special counsel's process, especially when dealing with matters of national security involving the president", said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, whose committee will oversee any impeachment motion.

The nonbinding resolution puts House Republicans and Democrats on the record in support of disclosing Mueller's findings as Democrats continue to spar with the Justice Department over whether they'll receive the special counsel's full report and materials from his investigation.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa introduced legislation with Democratic Sen.

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Representative Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and author of the resolution, said on the House floor: "It is important that Congress stand up for the principle of full transparency at a time when the president has publicly attacked the Russian Federation investigation more than 1,100 times and counting". Trump has repeatedly described the investigation as a "witch hunt".

Democrats - and several Republicans - want Barr to release more than just Mueller's full report. Will Hurd, R-Texas, on the House floor before the vote. The four were Representatives Justin Amash, Matt Gaetz, Thomas Massie and Paul Gosar. "We have no reason to think Attorney General Barr would back away from those statements", Collins said.

"During his confirmation, Attorney General Barr said he wants to be transparent with Congress and the public, consistent with the rules and the law".

They have argued that the department is obligated to turn information over to Congress, citing document productions related to the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, and the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Democrats speculate that the report might have enough evidence to support an impeachment effort against the president.

The Mueller investigation so far has resulted in criminal charges against 34 individuals and three companies, seven guilty pleas and one conviction following a jury trial.

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