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Demirjian writes: "The House voted overwhelmingly and in bipartisan fashion to urge the Justice Department to publicly release the entirety of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, once completed."

Special Counsel Robert Mueller speaks during a news conference when he was the head of the FBI in 2008. Mueller's report on the Trump-Russia investigation is expected to be completed soon. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty)
Special Counsel Robert Mueller speaks during a news conference when he was the head of the FBI in 2008. Mueller's report on the Trump-Russia investigation is expected to be completed soon. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty)

In Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Vote, House Calls for Mueller Report to Be Made Public

By Karoun Demirjian, The Washington Post

14 March 19


he House voted overwhelmingly and in bipartisan fashion to urge the Justice Department to publicly release the entirety of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, once completed.

The move is an attempt to “send a clear signal both to the American people and the Department of Justice” that lawmakers expect to see the full account of Mueller’s work, according to the House Judiciary Committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).

The final vote count was 420 in favor, with no one voting no. Four lawmakers voted “present.”

But the resolution by itself cannot force attorney general William P. 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.

“Attorney General Barr said he wants to be transparent with Congress and the public consistent with the rules and the law,” Rep. Douglas A. Collins (Ga.), the Judiciary Committee’s ranking Republican, said on the House floor Thursday, adding that the resolution was “simply a restatement of the regulation.”

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

For Democrats, however, passing the resolution was an important gesture, as during his confirmation hearing, Barr refused to pledge to release the full report to the public.

Democrats are worried that Barr’s strict defense of his own prerogative, combined with his stated respect for Justice Department rules advising against both the indictment of a sitting president or impugning an unindicted individual in an investigative report, means potential information implicating Trump in alleged wrongdoing could be buried.

“To maintain that a sitting president cannot 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 cannot 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.

Democrats — and several Republicans — want Barr to release more than just Mueller’s full report. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said the Justice Department had set itself a precedent of providing Congress with sensitive materials and making law enforcement and intelligence officials available for interviews when the GOP-led House was investigating federal probes of Trump and Clinton.

“Disclosure is uniquely imperative here because the special counsel reportedly is investigating whether the president himself engaged in misconduct,” Schiff said.

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

“I want the American people to know as much as they can and to see as much as they can . . . It should have been broader,” said Rep. Will Hurd (R-Tex.), a member of the Intelligence Committee and former CIA officer. “The taxpayers paid millions for this information, and they should get to see all of it.”

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+4 # chapdrum 2019-03-14 16:53
Is it too much to ask that (even) if the report is made public, that it is not largely redacted?
-10 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-03-14 20:16
The whole problem with this scenario is that it assumes Mueller has a report to release in full or in part. There is really no sign that Mueller has anything. I think we are all in for a surprise from Mueller.

Mueller's history shows that he has monumental contempt for congress. There are very many Youtubes of Mueller testifying before congress. He never tells them anything. He plays dumb and stupid. He insults them. He looks sullen and bored. My bet is there is no way he will give anything to congress. If he writes a report it will be some diversion to send congress off chasing red herrings.

No one knows what Mueller's real agenda is. He's been a long time Clinton fixer. His investigation and it may just be he's got an agenda from Hillary. No one really knows. The Wapo and congress are just clueless.

We were supposed to get Mueller's report right after the Nov elections. That was 5 months ago. Something is going on but it is probably not what congress thinks. Mueller hates congress. He won't give them shit.
+4 # WorkingClass 2019-03-15 09:43
Rodion, when you say "there is really no sign that Mueller has anything." I assume you are excluding all the indictments, convictions and guilty pleas? As far as the constantly changing time table for release of the report, it has not been Mueller who has been hinting of when it will happen. It has either been the media or more often Trump legal representatives . Trump has not missed an opportunity to attempt to discredit or derail the Mueller investigation, the FBI or for that matter anyone who looks like they might look behind the curtain of his private enterprise or administration. We don't know if Trump is guilty of anything, but we sure as hell know he sure acts guilty. Time will tell.
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-03-15 19:55
Working -- I was referring to leaks about his report. If there were really something in it, there would have been leaks. All of Mueller's people are known leakers. The media lives off of Mueller Probe leaks. But as to the report, there really are no leaks.

To me, the indictments are pretty much nothing burgers. None of them implicate Trump or really have anything to do with the Trump campaign. Only the indictment of the 12 Russian intelligence officers alleges a conspiracy to steal the DNC emails and give them to WikiLeaks but that one will never go to trial and its evidence has more holes than Swiss cheese.

You are right. Trump constantly discredits Mueller's Probe. Why not. I do too. I don't see any merit in it at all. I don't actually think Trump acts guilty. He acts outraged at the injustice of what Mueller is doing.

I still don't have much confidence there will be a report. There may be a brief statement that the investigation needs to go on. Barr and only release what Mueller gives him. If Mueller gives nothing, then there will be nothing to release.

But I do hope the congress subpoenas Mueller. They should have done it long ago. He can be asked what he's got. But I am pretty sure he will do to congress what he's always done -- the middle finger hand signal.
+4 # opinionaire 2019-03-15 06:50
Taxpayers funded this report, and the efforts that led to its production. It seems logical to assert the release of the documents to the people who paid for it.
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-03-15 19:47
opinion -- yes, you are right. Actually Taxpayers fund the FBI and DOJ. They should reveal everything they have. And the CIA, too. We fund its operations all over the world. They should open up their books.

I don't think there should be any government secrecy. We pay for it all. The government works for us. It should have no secrets.

Mueller needs to come clean and show us what he's been doing for nearly two years.
-6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-03-15 07:56
Personally, I think Mueller will by-pass Congress and the DOJ. He's taking his prosecution of Trump and his crew to State Attorneys General. Some reports have said he's given information to a half dozen or more State prosecutors who will be exempt from a presidential pardon. The news from NY about new State level charges against Manafort seems to be the best predictor of what Mueller is doing.

Congress is a dead end. Impeachment hearings won't go anywhere. They will only be a chance for blowhards like Schiff, Swallowwell, Nadler and other to jerk off on national TV.

So Mueller will release the prosecutable parts of this report to State prosecutors and get them to go after his targets. Congress, Barr, and the rest will be left in the dark. Maybe they will catch on in a few years.

For some reason, Mueller seems obsessed with a lust for vengeance against the Trump crew and he is hell bent on destroying them all. To me, this can only be the agenda of the Clintons.
+3 # DongiC 2019-03-15 08:29
We are supposed to be a democracy where the people rule. So when the report is completed, give it to them. They will be the final arbiters on whether Trump stays or goes. If you can't accept that, then, you ought to find another political system. So far this is still a democracy, regardless of what Sir Donald thinks.

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