House Republicans united with their Democratic counterparts to pass a resolution demanding that the Department of Justice release to Congress, and then to the public the full report of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. I take specific exception to the elements of the resolution noting praise for Mueller, without also noting the criticism of his very biased staffing decisions.
In addition, Barr will be able to withhold whatever information he deems should not be made visible, even if he does release a partial version of the report to Congress or the public. Mueller is going to be able to do his job, he's just about finished, I think. "Somebody needs to look at what happened on the other side".
Though they voted for the resolution, many Republicans expressed skepticism about the wisdom and likely success of Democrats' quest. One of the top attorneys working on the probe is leaving the Mueller team to work at a private law firm, fueling speculation the investigation is finally coming to a conclusion.
"I've said to millions of Americans on television that I support releasing the Mueller report".
Mueller and his team have been looking into possible crimes committed by the president or his associates, with a particular focus on whether or not they colluded with Russian interests during the presidential election of 2016.
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. That report must explain why the special counsel chose to either pursue or decline prosecutions.
"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 resolution - sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, the Judiciary Committee chairman, and a handful of other Democratic committee leaders - "calls for the public release of any report Special Counsel Mueller provides to the attorney general, except to the extent the public disclosure of any portion thereof is expressly prohibited by law".
Mueller has not said when he will complete the report and it remains to be determined what will be published and how much of it will be released to the public.
Democrats have also made clear they plan to use all the tools at their disposal, including subpoena power, in an effort to make the report available to the public.