House calls for upcoming Mueller report to be made public

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The resolution, introduced last week by the heads of six House oversight committees that are investigating Trump, calls on Barr to make public everything in the Mueller report that is not expressly prohibited by law and to provide the entire document to Congress.

The vote by the Democratic-controlled House put Republican lawmakers on record about support of broad disclosure of a report on an investigation that Trump has called a "witch hunt" led by "thugs".

"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.

Several Republicans have also agreed that Mueller should release not simply the full report, but any and all investigative materials that informed it.

Current law states that the Mueller Report must be turned over to the attorney general, in this case the Trump-appointed AG, William Barr.

The Mueller investigation has resulted in criminal charges against more than 30 individuals and entities, including multiple aides and associates of President Trump.

Andrew Weissmann, who built the case against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, is stepping down from the Mueller probe to teach at New York University and resume his civil rights activism, reported NPR. He said he has no reason to believe that Barr won't follow the regulations.

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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.

The vote is not legally binding, but it represents the growing pressure from both sides of the aisle on the Justice Department to disclose as much of the report as possible.

"I want the American people to know as much as they can and see as much as they can", said Hurd, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer. "Full transparency is the only way to prevent future speculation".

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.

Representative Doug Collins, the Judiciary Committee's top Republican, backed the resolution, describing it as a restatement of the regulations that give Barr the option of releasing the full report.

Graham said he agrees "with the concept of transparency", but stopped short of supporting Grassley's bill, saying he disagrees with taking discretion away from the attorney general.

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