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House votes to release Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report

House votes to release Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report

Republicans joined with Democrats as the House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a resolution to make public special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russian Federation investigation after he releases it to Attorney General William Barr.

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.

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

The non-binding resolution calls for the public release of any report Mueller provides to Barr, with an exception for classified material. Mueller is required to submit a report to Barr, and then Barr can decide how much of that is released publicly.

"[Barr] understands the questions and turmoil this has caused", Collins said. He said he has no reason to believe that Barr won't follow the regulations.

Texas Rep. Will Hurd, a Republican member on the House Intelligence Committee who represents a swing district along the southern border, called on his colleagues to support "full transparency".

"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.

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And while it's highly unlikely the GOP-run Senate would vote to convict Trump, that is also not a reason to hold back, Green says. Pelosi has previously said she would wait for the results of Mueller's report before making a decision on impeaching Trump.

As Schumer tried to get the Mueller resolution approved by voice vote, the senator said on the Senate floor: "The American people have an undeniable right to see the results of that investigation".

The measure seeks to ramp up pressure before the conclusion of the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump associates and Russian Federation. Richard Blumenthal of CT that would require Mueller to submit a detailed report to lawmakers and the public at the end of the investigation.

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.

"During his confirmation, Attorney General Barr said he wants to be transparent with Congress and the public, consistent with the rules and the law".

The Mueller investigation so far has resulted in criminal charges against 34 individuals and three companies, seven guilty pleas and one conviction following a jury trial.

The vote came as expectations rise that Mueller is near to bringing to a close a almost two-year-old investigation that has focused on whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with the Russians. Trump has repeatedly described the investigation as a "witch hunt".