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

House poised to pass measure calling for DOJ to publicly release Mueller's report

House votes to release Robert Mueller's Russia report

If you're a Republican, wouldn't you rather leave it in Bill Barr's discretion as to whether to release Mueller's findings considering that (a) Barr is Trump's handpicked AG, (b) an outspoken skeptic of certain aspects of Mueller's investigation, and (c) unlike congressional Republicans, he'll actually know the contents of the report when he makes his decision?

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.

One of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors is leaving the Department of Justice, according to a National Public Radio report on Thursday, possibly signaling the end of the federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the presidential election.

The resolution, authored by Democratic committee leadership, overwhelmingly passed with bipartisan support, 420 to 0, with four Republican members voting present.

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. But nobody has lifted a finger to call for an investigation into the other side of the story.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced the measure, saying there is "overwhelming public interest" for the report to be widely distributed.

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"Among other things, the president has repeatedly referred to the investigation as a witch hunt and called it a hoax, rigged, and a scam", he continued.

During his confirmation hearings, Barr promised to be as transparent as possible but did not commit to a public release of the full report.

There have been numerous reports that Mueller's investigation is winding down.

"I am going to make as much information available as I can consistent with the rules and regulations that are part of the special counsel regulations", he told lawmakers. But both McConnell and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, South Carolina Sen.

Afterward, Graham was equivocal on whether the full report should be released. He must then notify Congress, but has not indicated to what extent he intends to share the information with lawmakers or the public.

If Mueller alleges obstruction of justice but finds no collusion, a Democrat with a copy of the report will obviously whisper to the media about the former, not the latter.

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