House calls for upcoming Mueller report to be made public

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Attorney General William Barr delivers remarks to the National Association of Attorneys General in the State Dining Room ahead of President Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 4, 2019.

But the resolution by itself can not force attorney general William Barr to publish more of the report than he intends to - and that is why even some of the Republicans supporting it complained that the measure was a waste of time. Trump has repeatedly described the investigation as a "witch hunt". Trump has denied collusion and obstruction. Mueller has not indicated when he will complete the report.

"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. Those rules require him to notify the top Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate judiciary committees after Mueller completes his probe.

It also calls for the full report to be released to Congress.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been less eager to push Barr on the release of the report, despite some in his caucus who have said they want to ensure transparency.

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"Attorney General Barr said he wants to be transparent with Congress and the public consistent with the rules and the law", Rep. Douglas Collins, R-Ga., the Judiciary Committee's ranking member, said on the House floor Thursday, adding that the resolution was "simply a restatement of the regulation".

Texas Rep. Will Hurd, a GOP member of the House intelligence committee, said before the vote that he believes the resolution should have been even broader to include the release of underlying evidence. Four members of Congress voted present - Republicans Justin Amash of Michigan, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Paul Gosar of Arizona and Thomas Massie of Kentucky.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa introduced legislation with Democratic Sen.

"This resolution is critical because of the many questions and criticisms of the investigation raised by the president and his administration", said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. But he stopped short of giving a full-throated guarantee that the report would be made public. "It is important that Congress stand up for the principle of full transparency".

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