Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

House Votes Almost Unanimously For Public Release Of Mueller Report

House Votes Almost Unanimously For Public Release Of Mueller Report

The resolution was passed unanimously in a 420-0 vote Thursday. Four members of Congress voted present - Republicans Justin Amash of Michigan, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Paul Gosar of Arizona and Thomas Massie of Kentucky.

Despite the House's vote on Thursday, the decision of how much of Mueller's report becomes public still rests in Barr's hands.

"To maintain that a sitting president can not be indicted no matter how much evidence there is because he's a sitting president, and then to withhold evidence of wrongdoing from Congress because the president can not be charged, is to convert the DOJ policy into a the means for a cover up", Nadler said on the House floor just before the vote.

The rules do not require release of the report, but also do not explicitly prevent Barr from giving the entire document to Congress. Mueller is required to submit a report to Barr, and then Barr can decide how much of that is released publicly.


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. 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.

But 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. He has promised members of Congress to send his own "report" on Mueller's investigation to lawmakers, but it's unclear what that will contain.

"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. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office had no comment. It makes clear classified or other information not appropriate for public release would not be expected to be published. Richard Blumenthal of CT that would require Mueller to submit a detailed report to lawmakers and the public at the end of the investigation. Lindsey Graham, have declined to say whether they would support the legislation. "We have no reason to think Attorney General Barr would back away from those statements", Collins said.

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