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House votes to demand Robert Mueller’s final report become public

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WASHINGTON — The House voted to demand the final report from the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election be made public upon its conclusion, setting up a potential showdown with the Justice Department.

In a concurrent resolution on Thursday, the House voted to express “that the report of Special Counsel Mueller should be made available to the public and to Congress.”

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Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, who also chairs the powerful House Judiciary Committee, introduced the resolution. Joining Nadler were several other committee chairs, including Richard Neal of Ways & Means, Maxine Waters of Financial Services, Elijah Cummings of Oversight, Eliot Engel of Foreign Affairs, and Adam Schiff of Intelligence.

Ultimately, whether or not the report produced by the special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is made public will be at the discretion of Attorney General William Barr. In addition, Barr will be able to withhold whatever information he deems should not be made visible, even if he does release a partial version of the report to Congress or the public.

During the opening statement of his confirmation hearing, Barr said it is “very important that the public and Congress be informed of the results of the Special Counsel’s work,” adding that he will do his best to release what he can.

“For that reason, my goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law,” he said. “I can assure you that, where judgments are to be made by me, I will make those judgments based solely on the law and will let no personal, political, or other improper interests influence my decision.”

For months, speculation about when Mueller will conclude the investigation has been rampant. Whether or not Mueller is close to finishing the probe is unclear, but several individuals close to Trump have been indicted and convicted for crimes uncovered during the course of the investigation.

On Thursday, former Trump 2016 campaign manager Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison for financial crimes.

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