H.Con.Res.24 - Should the Mueller report be made available to the public and Congress?

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Expressing the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Mueller should be made available to the public and to Congress.

You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe the Mueller report should be made available to the public and Congress after its release. There is growing interest from the public and the decision should not be left on the hands of Attorney General William Barr.

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe that the Mueller report is confidential under the law for a reason. Only those authorized by the law should be allowed to read it. Attorney General William Barr should have the ultimate decision on what parts of the confidential report are released.
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04/08/2019 UPDATE: Attorney General William Barr released a four page summary of the Mueller report.

Democrats claim that the summary is not revealing everything the full report entails and that Attorney General William Barr must release the report in full to the public. Democrats claim Barr is biased and therefore his summary should not be trusted.

“Remember [Barr] is a biased person. He is someone who is an agent of the administration, is an appointee, a political appointee of the president whose interests he may very well be protecting here, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) told CBS’s Face the Nation.

In Barr's summary he directly quoted Mueller's report, saying that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House intelligence committee, said that there was “ample evidence of collusion in plain sight,” therefore the report needs to be released to the public.

“What we are talking about here is the difference between conduct that rises to the level of criminality and conduct that is deeply unethical, unpatriotic and corrupt that may not be criminal,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). “It’s our responsibility to root out fraud, corruption, waste, abuse whether it rises to the level of criminality or not.”

President Trump continues to celebrate his win with the summary release by Barr, which in his opinion exonerates him and proves there was no collusion, although the report by Mueller is alleged to state that the report itself did not exonerate President Trump.

After Mueller's team came out publicly saying that the summary release was not

up to par to what the report stated, President Trump went to Twitter to attack Mueller. "Looks like Bob Mueller’s team of 13 Trump Haters & Angry Democrats are illegally leaking information to the press while the Fake News Media make up their own stories with or without sources – sources no longer matter to our corrupt & dishonest Mainstream Media, they are a Joke!," twitted President Trump.

Senate Republicans, while arguing for transparency from both sides, are continuing to block the release of the full report. First it was Sen. Lindsey Graham, and more recently it was Sen. Rand Paul who blocked the resolution in the Senate. The resolution has been blocked five times already by Republican Senators.

H.Con.Res.24, introduced by the chairs of six committees in the U.S. House of Representatives, would express the sense of Congress that the Mueller report, once completed, should be made available to the public and to Congress.

The House passed the resolution with an overwhelming 420-0 vote on March 14th, 2019. Once in the Senate, on March 22, 2019, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asked for unanimous consent for the resolution to be passed, since the Senate would leave for a week long recess.

Under Senate rules, any one Senator can ask for an unanimous vote, but in turn any one Senator can block such request.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a close Trump ally, blocked the resolution after Sen. Schumer refused to amend the resolution with a provision which would appoint a Special Counsel to look into Hillary Clinton's 2016 email use.

Sen. Graham implied he supported the release of the Mueller report to the public but wanted to make a "political point," by striking a balance and supporting an investigation into the Clinton scandals.

"Was there two systems of justice in 2016? One for the Democratic candidate and one for the Republican candidate?" Sen. Graham asked during the Senate vote.

Sen. Schumer pointed out that Sen. Graham was using a "pretext" in order to avoid having the report be made available to the public.

"I have absolutely no idea why a member of this body would object to this basic level of transparency whatever their concern or other issues," Sen. Schumer responded. "420 members of the House voted for it. Congressman Jim Jordan, friend of the President, voted for it. Congressman Devin Nunes, friend of the President, voted for it. This resolution should pass the Senate at the blink of an eye."

The Mueller report was completed and handed to the Department of Justice, more specifically to Attorney General William Barr, on Friday March 22, 2019. It is now completely under AG Barr's discretion to release the report to the public.

Organizations, such as The Electronic Privacy Information Center, are suing the Department of Justice to have the report released to the public, seeking a variety of documents of the investigation to be released.

It is unclear whether the report will be released, what will be released and when.


Sponsored by: Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10].

Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 11 Dem (Passed House 420-0).

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