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In 420-0 vote, House says Mueller report should be public

15 March, 2019, 07:54 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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Six committee chairs in the Democratic-controlled House sent Barr a letter on February 22, urging him to make Mueller's report public "to the maximum extent permitted by law".

Federal law requires Mueller to present Attorney General William Barr with a confidential report upon the completion of his work, but it's ultimately Barr's call on how much of that report is made public.

Democrats - and several Republicans - want Barr to release more than just Mueller's full report. It also calls for the entire report to be given to Congress.

After the vote, the bill was then sent to the Senate, where Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., attempted to unanimously pass it on the floor.

During his confirmation process, Barr told Congress that he would permit Mueller to complete his work, and that his goal would be to provide "as much transparency" as he could within the limits of the law. That report must explain why the special counsel chose to either pursue or decline prosecutions. Four Republicans voted present.

At least one Republican is siding with Democrats.

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

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

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"[Barr] understands the questions and turmoil this has caused", Collins said. Plus, getting the full unclassified report released might be the only way to prevent both sides from selectively leaking about its contents.

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

The Senate has been less eager to push Barr on the release of the report, despite some in the GOP caucus who have said they want to ensure transparency. "The American people need the information here".

Graham, a Trump ally, blocked the action unless Democrats backed a move they oppose: the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Democratic former President Barack Obama's administration's handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state and FBI surveillance of a Trump campaign official.

At the same time, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe there should be a public report on what Mueller finds.

"I have absolutely no idea why a member of this body would object to this basic level of transparency, whatever their concern on other issues", Schumer said.

Afterward, Graham was equivocal on whether the full report should be released.

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