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House votes to release Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report

House votes to release Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report

Reps. John Katko and Anthony Brindisi voted Thursday to pass a House resolution demanding the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report when he finishes an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

But the effort did not move forward after Republican Sen.

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. But they were unwilling to stand in its way.

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

Among those abstaining? Conspiracy-touting, Trump-witness-intimidating, wall-building-as-a-way-of-reducing-gun-violence-ing, far-right Rep. "Let's bring this chapter to a close". Four lawmakers voted "present". Matt Gaetz of Florida and Paul Gosar of Arizona.

The Senate is not obligated to vote on this or any similar resolution, and under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is all but certain to not. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

The non-binding resolution, offered by House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler and several other Democratic chairs, passed 420-0 on Thursday.

The Justice Department has given signals in recent weeks that after 22 months, Mueller is nearing completion of his work.




Before joining Mueller's team in May 2017, Weissmann was best known for two assignments: the investigation of now-defunct energy company Enron and organized crime cases when he was a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn.

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".

Once the investigation concludes, Mueller will submit a written report to Barr, who will then need to brief Congress.

But Democrats have said they are unsatisfied with Barr's answers and want a stronger commitment to releasing the full report, along with interview transcripts and other underlying evidence.

Per special counsel regulations, Barr must present Congress with a summary of the special counsel's work. House Democrats have previously indicated they would be willing to use their congressional subpoena power if Barr withholds substantial information from the report.

"To maintain that a sitting president can not be indicted, and then to withhold evidence of wrongdoing from Congress because the president can not be charged, is to convert DOJ policy into the means for a cover-up", Nadler said during debate over the resolution Thursday.

At least one Republican is siding with Democrats.

A Justice Department official described as special counsel Robert Mueller's "pit bull" is leaving the Russian Federation investigation, signaling that the probe is nearing its end.

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