House demands that upcoming Mueller report be made public

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election arrives on Capitol Hill for a closed door meeting before the Senate Judiciary Committee in this

House poised to pass measure calling for DOJ to publicly release Mueller's report

Rep. Douglas Collins, ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said the resolution was a restatement of Barr saying he wants to be "transparent with Congress and the public consistent with the rules and the law".

The House of Representatives voted to pass a non-binding resolution calling for the public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report into the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The vote was 420-0, with four conservative Republican lawmakers allied with Trump voting "present".

But the resolution by itself can not force attorney general William Barr to publish more of the report than he intends to - and that is why even some of the Republicans supporting it complained that the measure was a waste of time.

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".

Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and leaders of several House committees, have vowed to sue the Trump administration for Mueller's report and evidence if the Justice Department refuses to turn it over to Congress.

As such, it is not clear if the Republican leader of the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, will put the resolution on the Senate floor for a vote.

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"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. "Nothing has been presented ... that Mr. Barr wouldn't do what the regulation says".

But the effort did not move forward after Republican Sen. Nevertheless, the Democrats who introduced the resolution hope it will serve to pressure Barr.

But Democrats have said they are unsatisfied with Barr's answers and want a stronger commitment to releasing the full report, along with interview transcripts and other underlying evidence.

Manafort has been sentenced to about 7 1/2 years in federal prison after he was convicted in two cases that came out of the Mueller investigation, and shortly after he learned his fate the Manhattan district attorney indicted him on 16 pardon-proof counts related to real estate fraud. That report must explain why the special counsel chose to either pursue or decline prosecutions.

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

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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