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House Votes 420-0 for Public Release of Mueller Report

15 March 2019

Seven lawmakers - four Democrats and three Republicans - did not vote.

The Democratic-backed resolution, which passed 420-0, comes as Mueller appears to be nearing an end to his investigation.

The resolution also calls for the report to be sent to Congress.

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.

As such, it is not clear if the Republican leader of the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, will put the resolution on the Senate floor for a vote. But nobody has lifted a finger to call for an investigation into the other side of the story.

For Democrats, however, passing the resolution was an important gesture, as during his confirmation hearing, Barr refused to pledge to release the full report to the public.

In introducing the resolution, Nadler and five other Democratic committee chairs said "the public is clearly served by transparency with respect to any investigation that could implicate or exonerate the president and his campaign".

Trump has repeatedly described the investigation as a "witch hunt".

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Manafort has been sentenced to about 7 1/2 years in federal prison after he was convicted in two cases that came out of the Mueller investigation, and shortly after he learned his fate the Manhattan district attorney indicted him on 16 pardon-proof counts related to real estate fraud.

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

But it's not yet clear how much of the special counsel's findings the public will get to see. In making an argument for transparency, Republican leaders have pointed to Barr's comments and the existing regulations, without explicitly pressing for the underlying evidence.

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.

Several Republicans have also agreed that Mueller should release not simply the full report, but any and all investigative materials that informed it.

Justice Department regulations governing special counsels give Barr latitude in deciding how much of the report to make public.

That answer has not satisfied Democrats, however, who have continued to press for assurances that the report will be released publicly. He was rebuffed when the Senate judiciary committee chairman, Lindsey Graham, objected. 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. Barr will then decide how much of the report to make public.

House Votes 420-0 for Public Release of Mueller Report