Trump: I told Republicans to vote for 'transparency' in releasing Mueller report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens 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!"

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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Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, objected to the resolution after Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGetting serious about infrastructure Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults 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 ClintonWarren policy ideas show signs of paying off Biden at campaign kickoff event: I don't have to be 'angry' to win Top Dem: Trump helps GOP erase enthusiasm gap; Ohio a big problem 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.