House Votes for Russia Investigation Final Report Be Public

Elias Hubbard
March 15, 2019

The nonbinding resolution puts House Republicans and Democrats on the record in support of disclosing Mueller's findings as Democrats continue to spar with the Justice Department over whether they'll receive the special counsel's full report and materials from his investigation.

The final vote tally was 420 members voting in favor, no members voting against, and four members (Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Thomas Massie, R-Ky. and Paul Gosar, R- Ariz.) voting "present".

Before Thursday's vote, Rep.

"During his confirmation, Attorney General Barr said he wants to be transparent with Congress and the public, consistent with the rules and the law".

The Mueller investigation has resulted in criminal charges against more than 30 individuals and entities, including multiple aides and associates of President Trump.

Under the statute governing the special counsel's work, Mueller is only required to provide Attorney General Bill Barr with a "confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions".

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. He said he has no reason to believe that Barr won't follow the regulations.

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". He has promised members of Congress to send his own "report" on Mueller's investigation to lawmakers, but it's unclear what that will contain. He added that "full transparency is the only way to prevent future innuendo".

Representative Doug Collins, the Judiciary Committee's top Republican, backed the resolution, describing it as a restatement of the regulations that give Barr the option of releasing the full report.

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.

Democrats - and several Republicans - want Barr to release more than just Mueller's full report.

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