House Votes 420-0 for Public Release of Mueller Report

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Four lawmakers voted "present". He also met with Associated Press reporters on April 11, 2017 to discuss a case against Manafort.

Far from standing in the way, Republicans joined Democrats en masse.

"A vote for this resolution will send a clear signal to both the American people and to the department of justice that Congress believes transparency is a fundamental principle necessary to ensure that government remains accountable to the public", Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler said on the House floor.

Yet it seems even Republicans are fed up with the secrecy, as the House voted unanimously Thursday on a resolution demanding the report be made public. "Somebody needs to look at what happened on the other side".

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Under the regulation governing Mr. Mueller's work, he must submit a report at the conclusion of his investigation to the US attorney general explaining his decisions to pursue or decline prosecutions, including explanations of cases he investigated but he decided not to bring charges.

The vote put the vast majority of House Republicans on record as supporting broad disclosure of the report on an investigation that Trump has called a "witch hunt" led by "thugs".

Kyle Freeny (C) and Andrew Weissmann (R), members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team of prosecutors investigating potential ties between Russian Federation and U.S. Presidential Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, leave court in Washington D.C., U.S., September 29, 2017. 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.

Barr said at his January confirmation hearing that he takes seriously the department regulations that say Mueller's report should be confidential. That report must explain why the special counsel chose to either pursue or decline prosecutions. He was rebuffed when Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham objected.

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Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, said the end of Mueller's investigation is "long overdue" and that he must be transparent with the public.

That answer has not satisfied Democrats, however, who have continued to press for assurances that the report will be released publicly.

It is anticipated that Mueller will soon finish his report and deliver it to Barr, who has not indicated whether he will make it public. Bipartisan Senate legislation calling for the report to be made public has stalled. If Mueller alleges obstruction of justice but finds no collusion, a Democrat with a copy of the report will obviously whisper to the media about the former, not the latter. We will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress.

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