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Schumer: Democrats will try again to pass bill making Mueller report public

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday pledged that Democrats will try again to pass a resolution calling for special counsel Robert Mueller's report to be made public. 

 

"We are going to be back here asking for consent again when the Senate is back in session, and my Republican colleagues ought to think long and hard before they block this resolution again," Schumer said. 

 

Schumer tried on Thursday to pass a nonbonding resolution calling for Mueller's report to be made public, arguing that there was "no good reason that the special counsel's report should not be made public."

But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) blocked the request. He said it was because Schumer refused to include a provision calling on the Justice Department (DOJ) to appoint a special counsel to investigate DOJ misconduct in the handling of the investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's email use and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

 

"We let Mueller look at all things Trump related to collusion and otherwise. Somebody needs to look at what happened on the other side and find out if the FBI and the DOJ had two systems, one supporting the person they wanted to win and one out to get the person they waned to lose," Graham said. 

 

The resolution, which passed the House in a 420-0 vote, argues there is "overwhelming public interest" in the government releasing the contents of the high-profile report. The resolution calls on the DOJ to fully release the report to Congress and to release it to the public "except to the extent the public disclosure of any portion thereof is expressly prohibited by law."

 

Attorney General William Barr was grilled by Democrats during his confirmation hearing about whether he would release Mueller's report publicly. 

 

Under current regulations, Mueller is required to submit a final, confidential report explaining his prosecutorial decisions to the DOJ. It will be up to Barr whether to release part or all of Mueller's findings.

 

Barr said he would release as much of Mueller's findings as possible, but was careful not to commit to releasing the report in full, a line that has drawn skepticism from Democrats.

 

Graham added on Thursday that he wanted Mueller's report to be released publicly and thought Barr would be "as transparent as possible." 

 

"Here's a regulation that determines what is disclosed," he said. "I have all the confidence that Mr. Barr will be as transparent as possible. The regulation is very specific." 

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