House votes 420-0 to demand public release of Mueller report
- Author: Tracy Klein Mar 17, 2019,
Mar 17, 2019, 1:06
Barr has said he wants to release as much detail as possible about the results of the special counsel investigation, but has not committed to releasing all of the findings of an investigation that has been based in part on classified intelligence and secret grand jury information.
Attorney General William Barr has so far refused to promise to make the contents of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe public - an issue that led most Senate Democrats to oppose his confirmation in the first place.
After the vote, the bill was then sent to the Senate, where Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., attempted to unanimously pass it on the floor. Russian Federation has denied election interference. Four Republicans voted present.
Weissmann's upcoming departure is the latest sign that Mueller is all but done, NPR said.
"It is important that Congress stand up for the principle of full transparency".
Though Graham, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, said he supported transparency, he asked to amend the resolution to include the appointment of a new special counsel to investigate the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email case and its surveillance of a former Trump adviser.
The network news noted Democratic lawmakers say they will demand the full release of the report. The resolution calls on the department to fully release the report to Congress and to release it to the public "except to the extent the public disclosure of any portion thereof is expressly prohibited by law". "Was there two systems of justice, one for the Democratic candidate, one for the Republican candidate?"
Justice Department rules require Mueller to submit a final, confidential report to Barr outlining why he charged some people and not others. "We have no reason to think Attorney General Barr would back away from those statements", Collins said.
Six House committee chairs introduced the resolution on Friday.
Democrats are anxious that Barr's strict defense of his own prerogative, combined with his stated respect for Justice Department rules advising against both the indictment of a sitting president or impugning an unindicted individual in an investigative report, means potential information implicating President Donald Trump in alleged wrongdoing could be buried.
"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.