Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

House Votes 420-0 for Public Release of Mueller Report

House Votes 420-0 for Public Release of Mueller Report

On Thursday afternoon, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY attempted to bring the Mueller report resolution to the Senate floor by asking for unanimous consent and calling for the Senate to pass the measure.

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a non-binding resolution on Thursday calling for Mueller's report to be released to Congress and the public.

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 vote came after Barr refused in his confirmation hearings in February to commit to releasing Mueller's eventual report in full.

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.

The measure faces an uncertain future in the Republican-led Senate. Nevertheless, the Democrats who introduced the resolution hope it will serve to pressure Barr.

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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".

The final vote tally was 420 members voting in favor, no members voting against, and four members (Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Thomas Massie, R-Ky. and Paul Gosar, R- Ariz.) voting "present". Those regulations require only that the report explain the decisions to pursue or to decline prosecutions, which could be as simple as a bullet point list or as fulsome as a report running hundreds of pages.

Before joining Mueller's team in May 2017, Weissmann was best known for two assignments: the investigation of now-defunct energy company Enron and organized crime cases when he was a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn.

Once the investigation concludes, Mueller will submit a written report to Barr, who will then need to brief Congress.

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

"My goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law", he said in his opening statement, saying he believes "it is very important that the public and Congress be informed of the results of the special counsel's work". The letter asked for a public release of the Mueller report and that the attorney general provide to Congress any information in the report that can not be publicly released by law.

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