House unanimously passes resolution calling for Mueller report on Trump to be made public

House unanimously passes resolution calling for Mueller report on Trump to be made public
Robert Mueller, then the FBI director, testifies at a Senate hearing on May 16, 2013. Copyright Brendan Smialowski AFP - Getty Images file
By Allan Smith and Alex Moe with NBC News Politics
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It is expected that the special counsel will soon wrap up his investigation in the president and deliver it to Attorney General Barr.


The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for special counsel Robert Mueller's report to be made available to the public and Congress.

The measure passed 420 to zero, with four members voting present.

That resolution is non binding, meaning that Mueller and Attorney General William Barr would not be forced to make any materials public, other than what the special counsel regulations dictate.

The Republican-controlled Senate is not expected to take up the resolution.

It is anticipated that Mueller will soon finish his report and deliver it to Barr, who has not indicated whether he will make it public.

Six House committee chairs introduced the resolution on Friday. They were House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass, and House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.

"This transparency is a fundamental principle necessary to ensure that government remains accountable to the people," the Democrats said in a statement.

"As the Department of Justice made clear over the last two years, DOJ policy permits disclosure of investigative materials when it serves the public interest, even as they pertain to 'uncharged third parties,'" they continued. "The public is clearly served by transparency with respect to any investigation that could implicate or exonerate the President and his campaign. We urge our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join us in supporting this common sense resolution."

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