Grassley: 'I support release of the Mueller report'

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending On The Money: Judge upholds House subpoena for Trump financial records | Trump vows to appeal ruling by 'Obama-appointed judge' | Canada, Mexico lift retaliatory tariffs on US | IRS audit rate falls Canada, Mexico lift tariffs on US goods after Trump scraps steel, aluminum levies MORE (R-Iowa) said Thursday that he is in favor of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's report being released.

"I support release of the Mueller report," Grassley tweeted.
The Iowa senator earlier this year sponsored bipartisan legislation that, had it been approved, would have required the public release of a report from Mueller's investigation, which focused on Russian interference in the 2016 election and alleged ties between President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE's campaign and Moscow.
 
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Grassley, who sponsored the bill with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt in February that he wanted to report to be released because he thought the "public ought to know" what it said. 
 
"Blumenthal is on a bill with me, because he wants this report out, I suppose, because it’s going to make Trump look bad. I look at it from this standpoint. I don’t care what the report says. We paid $25 million, maybe $35 million to do it, and the public ought to know what their $25 or $35 million bought. And except for national security and privacy of individuals, those would be understandably redacted, everything else, I think, ought to be out," he said at the time.
 
Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget Barr says he's working to protect presidency, not Trump Press: Justin Amash breaks ranks with party MORE wrote a four-page letter to lawmakers last month summarizing Mueller's report, but he has yet to release it. Democrats in particular have demanded that they receive the full report, and Barr has said he will share more information by mid-April. 
 
Barr said in his summary that Mueller determined the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia ahead of the 2016 election. Mueller, however, did not determine whether Trump obstructed justice, according to Barr, but Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinKlobuchar: 'Don't think' there are reasons to investigate Mueller probe's origins Democrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Barr dismisses contempt vote as part of 'political circus' MORE concluded that Trump did not do so.