House to Likely Pass Bill Forcing Public Release of Mueller Report Today

Sergio Conner
March 15, 2019

One of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors conducting the Russian Federation investigation is leaving the Justice Department, prompting new speculation that the probe is coming to an end, a report said. 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.

The resolution was passed unanimously in a 420-0 vote Thursday.

Four Republicans voted present: Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar and Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie. Jerry Nadler, D-New York, told lawmakers that the report should be made available to the public and Congress, emphasizing that "transparency is fundamental to the special counsel's process".

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

Multiple Democrat leaders, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have vowed to sue the the Trump administration should the DOJ refuse to turn over the full report to Congress.

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

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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. "We have no reason to think Attorney General Barr would back away from those statements", Collins said.

Some Democrats have voiced concerned that Barr could withhold evidence of possible misconduct by Trump, under Justice Department policies that oppose bringing criminal charges against a sitting president and discourage releasing explanations when a person has not been charged with a crime.

Then-Attorney General nominee William Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington in January.

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.

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

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