House approves measure calling for Mueller report to 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 to vote on resolution calling for public release of Mueller report

Federal law requires Mueller to present Attorney General William Barr with a confidential report upon the completion of his work, but it's ultimately Barr's call on how much of that report is made public.

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.

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Four Republicans voted present: Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar and Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie.

The Senate is not obligated to vote on this or any similar resolution, and under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is all but certain to not.

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He hasn't committed to publicizing the report, but said during his confirmation hearing that he wants "to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law". In doing so, he revealed a wealth of details about a sophisticated Russian effort to influence the 2016 election and about a campaign eager to reap the benefits of that activity.

Weissmann's upcoming departure is the latest sign that Mueller is all but done, NPR said.

The resolution also calls for the report to be sent to Congress.

The measure - introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) - argues there is "overwhelming public interest" to release the contents of the high-profile report.

Weissmann has been a pivotal member of Mueller's team, which has brought charges against 34 people and three companies during a 22-month-old investigation into whether Trump's 2016 campaign conspired with Russian Federation and whether the Republican president unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. As it is, what happens if Barr decides not to release the report and rumors start appearing in the papers that Mueller told Barr there's probable cause to believe Trump obstructed justice?

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"I've said to millions of Americans on television that I support releasing the Mueller report". He defended Barr, saying he "understands the questions, the turmoil this has caused".

Though they voted for the resolution, many Republicans expressed skepticism about the wisdom and likely success of Democrats' quest.

House Democrats are prepared to use subpoena power and other tools at their disposal to force the Justice Department to turn over anything Barr chooses to withhold.

"Those are also going to be things that we are going to have to litigate", Collins said.

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