In Senate, Graham Blocks Resolution Calling For Mueller Report To Be Made Public

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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham blocked the nonbinding resolution, which passed in the House 420-0.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R) opposed a resolution passed unanimously by the House that calls for the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, according to The Hill.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) requested unanimous consent for the resolution prior to the Senate’s weeklong recess, but it only takes one senator to block such a request.

"There is no good reason, no good reason that the special counsel's report should not be made public. The American people are overwhelmingly for the report being made public. They have a right to see it. No one should stand in the way of that," Schumer said during remarks on the Senate floor.

But Schumer objected to amending the nonbinding resolution in the manner Graham suggested, which would have included “a provision calling on the Justice Department (DOJ) to appoint a special counsel to investigate DOJ misconduct in the handling of the investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's email use and the Carter Page Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications,” The Hill said.

In turn, Graham objected to the resolution.

"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," Schumer responded, accusing Graham of using a “pretext” to block the resolution.

The House voted 420-0 for the resolution, which cites “overwhelming public interest” in the report’s release and calls upon the Department of Justice to make the report public “except to the extent the public disclosure of any portion thereof is expressly prohibited by law.”

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