According to The Hill, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has blocked a resolution which calls for Mueller’s report on the Russia probe to be made public. This is the fifth time Republicans have blocked the measure.
Thursday, Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) asked for consent to pass the resolution. The resolution was passed in the house in a unanimous vote.
"What we're talking about is basic transparency, let's make sure the full Mueller report is released to Congress … and then let's make sure the American people see as much of this report as possible," Warner said.
Warner continues that in order to warn future candidates about election interference, “we need to fully understand what the Russians were trying to do.”
Senate rules state that any senator can request a bill or resolution be passed. At the same time, any one senator can also block that request.
Paul objected to the measure because Warner did not agree to amend the non-binding House-passed resolution to include some provisions which call for the public release of communications between Obama-era officials such as President Obama, James Comey, and John Brennan.
Paul said Congress needs time to figure out the “entire story.”
"I think it's very important that we not turn our country into this back and forth where each successive party tries to use the apparatus of government to investigate the previous president," Paul said.
"What we don't know is was President Obama told that the evidence to get this investigation started was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign? We need to know that," Paul continued.
Paul said he would block the resolution unless information about the opposition research dossier, which was compiled against Trump, was also released.
"It was so scandalous and so unverified and has turned out to be untrue, and yet this was the basis for the beginning of the investigation. This was the basis for doing something extraordinary," Paul added on Thursday.
This is the fifth time Democrats have tried to pass the House resolution, which asks the Justice Department to release the report to Congress and the public.
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