The House has unanimously passed a resolution calling on Justice Department officials to make special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election available to lawmakers and the public.
Lawmakers on Thursday unanimously passed the non-binding resolution in a 420-0 vote.
Republican Representatives Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), and Justin Amash (Mich.) voted present.
“I’ve said to millions of Americans on television that I support releasing the Mueller report,” Gaetz told The Hill on his decision to vote present.
“I take specific exception to the elements of the resolution noting praise for Mueller, without also noting the criticism of his very biased staffing decisions,” he added. “It’s like he was fishing for talent in the Hillary Clinton fan club aquarium.”
The resolution calls for the DOJ to release Mueller’s final report to Congress and the public “except to the extent the public disclosure of any portion thereof is expressly prohibited by law.”
Introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the measure argues there is “overwhelming public interest” to release the contents of the highly anticipated report.
Should the DOJ refuse to release the report to the public, House Democrats could potentially subpoena the department for its contents.
“It is important that Congress stand up for the principle of full transparency. At a time when the president has publicly attacked the Russian investigation more than 1,100 times and counting. Among other things, the president has repeatedly referred to the investigation as a witch-hunt and called it a hoax, rigged, and a scam,” Nadler said on the floor. “This resolution is also needed because high-ranking DOJ. officials have indicated that they may not release –– that they may not release information about individuals who are not indicted.”
The Hill notes that under current DOJ regulations, Mueller is “required to submit a final, confidential report explaining his prosecutorial decisions to the Justice Department. It will be up to Barr whether to release parts or any of Mueller’s findings.”