President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE said Saturday that he told Republican leadership to vote in favor of releasing special counsel Robert Mueller's highly anticipated report, saying that transparency "makes us all look good."
"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," he tweeted. "Makes us all look good and doesn’t matter. Play along with the game!"
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. Makes us all look good and doesn’t matter. Play along with the game!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019
The House unanimously passed a resolution Thursday calling on Department of Justice (DOJ) officials to release Mueller's report about his investigation into Russian election interference in 2016.
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback MORE (R-S.C.), a Trump ally, blocked the resolution in the Senate later Thursday, after it passed the House.
Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, objected to the resolution after Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level Progressive groups urge Schumer to prevent further cuts to T plan MORE (D-N.Y.) refused to add a provision to the measure asking the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel to investigate DOJ misconduct in the probe of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE's email use and the Carter Page Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications.
Schumer accused Graham of using a "pretext" to block the resolution.
The vote this week came as lawmakers, particularly Democrats, have increased their calls for Mueller's final report to be released to Congress and made public.
Mueller is investigating Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election as well as possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
There has been much speculation surrounding when Mueller will release his findings, particularly after leadership changes at the DOJ.
William Barr was confirmed as attorney general last month to oversee the special counsel, and he has said he will push to allow as much of Mueller's report to be released as possible.
Trump has repeatedly called the probe a "witch hunt" and insisted that he did not collude with Russia.