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House votes 420-0 for Mueller's report to be made public

15 March 2019

With Democrats in control of the House, it is a near-certainty that the bill will pass, forcing Republicans to go on record on whether they support the transparency of the report or not, before it moves to the Senate for another likely vote. They do not require release of the report but also do not prevent Barr from giving the entire document to Congress.

Most Republicans sided with Democrats on the resolution, though they called it a waste of time.

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".

At least one Republican is siding with Democrats. In making an argument for transparency, Republican leaders have pointed to Barr's comments and the existing regulations, without explicitly pressing for the underlying evidence.

Rep. Douglas Collins, ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said the resolution was a restatement of Barr saying he wants to be "transparent with Congress and the public consistent with the rules and the law".

Weissmann has been a pivotal member of Mueller's team, which has brought charges against 34 people and three companies during a 22-month-old investigation into whether Trump's 2016 campaign conspired with Russian Federation and whether the Republican president unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. That report must explain why the special counsel chose to either pursue or decline prosecutions. But he stopped short of giving a full-throated guarantee that the report would be made public. Richard Blumenthal of CT that would require Mueller to submit a detailed report to lawmakers and the public at the end of the investigation.

Some Democrats have voiced concern 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.

"This report must see the light of day, must be available to the American public for a catharsis that will allow us to start with the facts, understand what happened and begin to rebuild the faith of the American people", Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) said, as The New York Times reports.

That answer has not satisfied Democrats, however, who have continued to press for assurances that the report will be released publicly. Barr will then decide how much of the report to make public.

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

House votes 420-0 for Mueller's report to be made public