Publicado: Vie, Marcha 15, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

House Votes to Demand Public Release of Mueller Report

House Votes to Demand Public Release of Mueller Report

"This report must see the light of day, must be available to the American public for a catharsis that will allow us to start with the facts, understand what happened and begin to rebuild the faith of the American people", Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) said, as The New York Times reports.

The House voted overwhelmingly and in bipartisan fashion Thursday (March 14) to urge the Justice Department to publicly release the entirety of special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, once completed.

It's unclear if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will introduce the measure in his chamber.

The resolution cites "an overwhelming public interest" in releasing the report "to ensure public confidence in both the process and the result of the investigation".

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

The vote came as expectations rise that Mueller is near to bringing to a close a almost two-year-old investigation that has focused on whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with the Russians.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa introduced legislation with Democratic Sen.

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The resolution was passed unanimously in a 420-0 vote Thursday.

Texas Rep. Will Hurd, a Republican member on the House Intelligence Committee who represents a swing district along the southern border, called on his colleagues to support "full transparency".

"Among other things, the president has repeatedly referred to the investigation as a witch hunt and called it a hoax, rigged, and a scam", he continued. The four were Representatives Justin Amash, Matt Gaetz, Thomas Massie and Paul Gosar. He added that it was critical to pass the resolution because of the "many questions and criticisms of the investigation" raised by the Trump administration.

As Schumer tried to get the Mueller resolution approved by voice vote, the senator said on the Senate floor: "The American people have an undeniable right to see the results of that investigation".

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. "It's like he was fishing for talent in the Hillary Clinton fan club aquarium".

Some Democrats have voiced concern that Barr could withhold evidence of possible misconduct by Trump, under Justice Department policies that oppose bringing criminal charges against a sitting president and discourage releasing explanations when a person has not been charged with a crime.

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