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

(The Week) Everyone wants to see the Mueller report.

The House voted Thursday to urge the Justice Department to make special counsel Robert Mueller's final report available to Congress and to the public, and now it heads to a fight in the Senate.

A bid by the Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, to have the resolution approved by voice vote after the House's action was thwarted by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. Trump has repeatedly described the investigation as a "witch hunt" and has repeatedly denied that he or his 2016 campaign conspired or colluded with the Russian election interference. Justin Amash of Michigan, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Matt Gaetz of Florida and Paul Gosar of Arizona.

On Thursday afternoon, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY attempted to bring the Mueller report resolution to the Senate floor by asking for unanimous consent and calling for the Senate to pass the measure.

"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. Four lawmakers voted "present". On Thursday, Mueller spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement that Andrew Weissmann, one of the most prominent prosecutors on the team, would be concluding his work "in the near future". The resolution also calls for the full report to be released to Congress.

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"It is important that Congress stand up for the principle of full transparency", the Democrat added. The exact date of the document's release has not been announced, but it's reported to be unveiled soon.

With Democrats in control of the House, it is a near-certainty that the bill will pass, forcing Republicans to go on record on whether they support the transparency of the report or not, before it moves to the Senate for another likely vote. He defended Barr, saying he "understands the questions, the turmoil this has caused".

Barr said at his January confirmation hearing that he takes seriously the department regulations that say Mueller's report should be confidential. The rules require him to notify the top Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate judiciary committees after Mueller completes his probe.

It called for any report Mueller sends to Barr to be released publicly - except for any classified material. House Democrats have previously indicated they would be willing to use their congressional subpoena power if Barr withholds substantial information from the report.

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