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With 420-0 vote, House calls for release of Mueller report

With 420-0 vote, House calls for release of Mueller report

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.

The resolution is not legally binding, but passing it gives Democrats an opportunity to keep a spotlight on the issue as they work to put pressure on the Justice Department to disclose as much of Mueller's findings in the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as possible.

The asterisk in the headline, by the way, is due to the fact that four Republicans - libertarians Justin Amash and Thomas Massie, Paul Gosar, and Trump buddy Matt Gaetz - voted "present".

The resolution is unlikely to be passed in the Senate, where Democratic Leader Charles Schumer tried to bring it up hours after House passage.

Jerry Nadler, D-New York, told lawmakers that the report should be made available to the public and Congress, emphasizing that "transparency is fundamental to the special counsel's process".

Mueller and his team have been looking into possible crimes committed by the president or his associates, with a particular focus on whether or not they colluded with Russian interests during the presidential election of 2016.

"I take specific exception to the elements of the resolution noting praise for Mueller, without also noting the criticism of his very biased staffing decisions", he added.




The network news noted Democratic lawmakers say they will demand the full release of the report.

Though they voted for the resolution, many Republicans expressed skepticism about the wisdom and likely success of Democrats' quest.

"[Barr] understands the questions and turmoil this has caused", Collins said. Mueller has not indicated when he will complete the report, though an announcement on Thursday about the coming departure of a senior prosecutor on his team stoked speculation that it could be soon. However, it does not force Barr to do so.

At his Senate confirmation hearing in February, Barr was asked about sharing Mueller's report upon its completion.

Mueller was tasked in May 2017 with the probe, which is reportedly in its final phase. Texas Rep. Will Hurd, a member of the House intelligence committee, said he believes the resolution should have been even broader. Mueller is required to submit a report to Barr, and then Barr can decide how much of that is released publicly.

"Andrew has been involved with NYU Law in the past and we have been talking with him about returning to the Law School following his current commitments", Orey said.

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