"Attorney General Barr said he wants to be transparent with Congress and the public consistent with the rules and the law", Rep. Douglas Collins, R-Ga., the Judiciary Committee's ranking member, said on the House floor Thursday, adding that the resolution was "simply a restatement of the regulation".
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a non-binding resolution on Thursday calling for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming report on his probe into Russia's role in the 2016 election to be released to Congress and the public.
With Democrats in control of the House, it is a near-certainty that the bill will pass, forcing Republicans to go on record on whether they support the transparency of the report or not, before it moves to the Senate for another likely vote.
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For Democrats, however, passing the resolution was an important gesture, as during his confirmation hearing, Barr refused to pledge to release the full report to the public.
Mueller has been investigating since May 2017 whether Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow and whether the president has unlawfully tried to obstruct the probe.
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa introduced legislation with Democratic Sen. Trump has repeatedly described the investigation as a "witch hunt". But he stopped short of giving a full-throated guarantee that the report would be made public.
The Mueller investigation has resulted in criminal charges against more than 30 individuals and entities, including multiple aides and associates of President Trump.
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Four members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, a group strongly allied with Trump, voted "present".
"I've said to millions of Americans on television that I support releasing the Mueller report", Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz told The Hill when asked why he voted present.
"[Barr] understands the questions and turmoil this has caused", Collins said. Barr would then get to decide how much of the report he will issue to the American public, and what wording he'd like to include with it.
They have argued that the department is obligated to turn information over to Congress, citing document productions related to the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, and the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
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Several Republicans have also agreed that Mueller should release not simply the full report, but any and all investigative materials that informed it.