Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

Mueller report should be made public, House says in bipartisan vote

Mueller report should be made public, House says in bipartisan vote

The resolution, introduced last week by the heads of six House oversight committees that are investigating Trump, calls on Barr to make public everything in the Mueller report that is not expressly prohibited by law and to provide the entire document to Congress. Four Republicans voted present, and eight members (five Democrats and three Republicans) didn't vote.

Barr is required to notify the top Republicans and Democrats of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees at the conclusion of Mueller's investigation but can determine how much of the report is released publicly. The resolution also calls for the full report to be released to Congress.

But the resolution by itself can not force attorney general William Barr to publish more of the report than he intends to - and that is why even some of the Republicans supporting it complained that the measure was a waste of time. Mueller has not indicated when he will complete the report. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the Justice Department had set itself a precedent of providing Congress with sensitive materials and making law enforcement and intelligence officials available for interviews, when the GOP-led House was investigating federal probes of Trump and Clinton. He said he has no reason to believe that Barr won't follow the regulations.

Some House Democrats already have vowed to subpoena the report and go to court if necessary to win its full release. 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. "Full transparency is the only way to prevent future speculation". It makes clear classified or other information not appropriate for public release would not be expected to be published.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been less eager to push Barr on the release of the report, despite some in his caucus who have said they want to ensure transparency.

All told, 420 members - 230 Democrats and 190 Republicans - voted for the resolution. Richard Blumenthal of CT that would require Mueller to submit a detailed report to lawmakers and the public at the end of the investigation.

Graham said he agrees "with the concept of transparency", but stopped short of supporting Grassley's bill, saying he disagrees with taking discretion away from the attorney general.

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