House approves measure calling for Mueller report to be made public

House votes 420-0 to demand public release of Mueller report

House votes 420-0 to demand public release of Mueller 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.

Special counsel Robert Mueller will be losing a top deputy, according to reports on Thursday, in another sign that the investigation might soon be ending.

That resolution is non binding, meaning that Mueller and Attorney General William Barr would not be forced to make any materials public, other than what the special counsel regulations dictate.

The asterisk in the headline, by the way, is due to the fact that four Republicans - libertarians Justin Amash and Thomas Massie, Paul Gosar, and Trump buddy Matt Gaetz - voted "present".

The top Republican on the Judiciary panel, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, said the vote on the resolution was unnecessary but that he would support it anyway.

"Transparency is fundamental to the special counsel's process, especially when dealing with matters of national security involving the president", said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, whose committee will oversee any impeachment motion. "We have no reason to think Attorney General Barr would back away from those statements", Collins said. The resolution calls on the department to fully release the report to Congress and to release it to the public "except to the extent the public disclosure of any portion thereof is expressly prohibited by law".

Additionally, it is still uncertain whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will bring the resolution to the Senate floor for a vote.

One of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors will soon leave his post, a Mueller spokesman said on Thursday, confirming a move likely to add fuel to speculation that the Russian Federation investigation is nearing a conclusion. Mueller has not indicated when he will complete the report. Whether or not Mueller is close to finishing the probe is unclear, but several individuals close to Trump have been indicted and convicted for crimes uncovered during the course of the investigation.

In a nonbinding resolution passed on March 14, 2019, House Republicans joined Democrats to overwhelmingly demand that the Department of Justice release to Congress and the public the full findings of the Muellers investigation.

At his Senate confirmation hearing in February, Barr was asked about sharing Mueller's report upon its completion.

"If necessary, our committee will subpoena the report".

For months, speculation about when Mueller will conclude the investigation has been rampant.

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