18 state attorneys general call on Justice Dept to release Mueller report

Eighteen state attorneys general have joined together to urge the Department of Justice to publicly release special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's final report on the Russia investigation. 

“As the top law officers in states across the country, we strongly urge United States Attorney General Barr to immediately make public the findings of the Mueller investigation," the statement reads. "The American people deserve to know the truth.” 

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The statement was signed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraCalifornia leads states in lawsuit over Trump public charge rule Overnight Energy: Trump sparks new fight over endangered species protections | States sue over repeal of Obama power plant rules | Interior changes rules for ethics watchdogs California counties file first lawsuit over Trump 'public charge' rule MORE, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong,  Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings, District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Minnesota Attorney General, Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonFormer Sanders aides launch consulting firm Minnesota AG will defend state's abortion restrictions despite personal views Hillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups MORE New Mexico Attorney, General Hector Balderas, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. 

"The American people deserve to know the truth," James said in a separate tweet on Friday night

Mueller delivered a report on the investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to Attorney General William Barr on Friday. 

Barr could brief Congress on the report's findings as early as Sunday. Barr has previously stated that he would disclose as much as of the report as possible under the law.

But Democratic and Republican lawmakers have pushed for the release of the report in full. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters MORE (R-Texas) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads What the gun safety debate says about Washington Trump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China MORE (R-Fla.) were among the Republicans to call for a public release of the report on Sunday. 

House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSecond Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death MORE (D-N.Y.) has also repeatedly called for a public release of the report. He said Sunday that he'd be willing to take the fight to obtain it to the Supreme Court if necessary. 

"It's so crucial that the entire report and the evidence underlying it be released to the public," Nadler said on CNN's “State of the Nation."