US House unanimously demands Mueller report be made public

Pressure AG William Barr was asked to publish the full report

Pressure AG William Barr was asked to publish the full report

Schumer accused Graham of blocking the resolution as a result of his request, saying, "Let the American people know that the Republican majority in the Senate, at least for now, is blocking a resolution that the Mueller report should be made public". The four were Representatives Justin Amash, Matt Gaetz, Thomas Massie and Paul Gosar.

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.

"To maintain that a sitting president can not be indicted no matter how much evidence there is because he's a sitting president, and then to withhold evidence of wrongdoing from Congress because the president can not be charged, is to convert the DOJ policy into a the means for a cover up", Nadler said on the House floor just before the vote.

When the investigation concludes, Mueller is required by regulation to submit a confidential report to Attorney General William Barr.

"I am deeply concerned that Attorney General Barr may attempt to withhold Mueller's full report from the public and the underlying evidence from Congress", said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff ahead of the vote.

"I want the whole truth and nothing but the truth: what Putin did to the electoral process, the failures of the Obama administration to reacting to this attack in real time", Hurd said.

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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". A CNN poll released last month found that support for a public release stands at 80% among Republicans and those who approve of the way the President is handling his job, and at 92% among Democrats and those who disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job.

Gidley said he hadn't spoken with Trump about whether the report should be made public.

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

There have been numerous reports that Mueller's investigation is winding down.

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In February, six House Democratic committee chairs, led by Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler of NY, made a similar request in a letter to Barr.

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