Trump on Mueller report vote: I encouraged Republicans to ‘vote for transparency’

Written by on March 16, 2019

President Trump said he encouraged Republicans to “vote for transparency” after the House unanimously voted on Thursday for the Justice Department to publicly release special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his Russia investigation.

“On the recent non-binding vote (420-0) in Congress about releasing the Mueller Report, I told leadership to let all Republicans vote for transparency,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning. “Makes us all look good and doesn’t matter. Play along with the game!”

The resolution was introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler of New York, who said there is “overwhelming public interest” to see the report. It would direct the Justice Department to disclose the entire report to Congress and also with the public, except if there is any portion “thereof is expressly prohibited by law.”

Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, must share a confidential report with Attorney General William Barr after the investigation concludes and outline why he chose to either bring charges or not prosecute any matters during the probe. Barr has said he intends to send a summary of Mueller’s findings to Congress, though he is not required to share the report with lawmakers.

“This resolution is also needed because high-ranking DOJ officials have indicated that they may not release — that they may not release information about individuals who are not indicted,” Nadler said on the House floor.

Republican Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, and Justin Amash of Michigan voted present on the resolution.

Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., blocked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s request for unanimous consent for the resolution on Friday. Graham’s decision came because Schumer was unwilling to amend a provision in the House’s resolution to require the Justice Department employ a special counsel to investigate misconduct at the agency regarding the investigation looking at Hillary Clinton’s use of an unauthorized email server.

Source: Washington Examiner – White House

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