In a 420-0 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday calling for the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on the Russia investigation, according to The Wall Street Journal, in a remarkably overwhelming display of bipartisanship.
Mueller is required to turn over a report at the end of his probe — which is investigating whether the Trump campaign or others within the president’s circle assisted Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 election, as well as possible obstruction of justice on the part of Trump himself — to Attorney General William Barr.
In that report, Mueller must include explanations of “his decisions to pursue or decline prosecutions, including explanations of cases he investigated but he decided not to bring charges,” the Journal noted.
Barr’s only requirement under the rules governing the investigation is that he notify Congress “ that the probe has ended and describe instances when he overrode a decision by Mr. Mueller.”
During his confirmation hearing, Barr said he would provide as transparency as possible but would not commit to a public release of the report.
The resolution passed on Thursday would not force the report’s public release but urges Barr to provide Congress with the full report and release a version to the public that only redacts classified information or details that otherwise cannot be shared publicly, the Journal said.