Mar 22, 2019

What they're saying: Lawmakers call for Mueller report to be made public

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Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill are calling for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report to be declassified and made public in short order, following news that his office submitted the final report to the Department of Justice on Friday after 2 years spent digging into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump.

Why it matters: Attorney General Bill Barr, who is reviewing Mueller's report now, has said in the past he would release as much information publicly as is possible under the law, but that is no guarantee the report will be declassified and made public in whole. Barr told lawmakers on Friday in a letter he may be ready to reveal the findings as early as this weekend.

The trend: A slew of Democratic hopefuls for the 2020 presidential election called for the report to be made public.

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren: "Attorney General Barr—release the Mueller report to the American public. Now."
  • Sen. Cory Booker: "This report should be made public immediately."
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders: "As Donald Trump said, 'Let it come out.' I call on the Trump administration to make Special Counsel Mueller's full report public as soon as possible. No one, including the president, is above the law."
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: "The Department of Justice launched the Special Counsel investigation to get to the bottom of foreign interference in the 2016 election and any other illegal actions. A declassified report must be made public immediately and Attorney General Barr must publicly testify under oath about the investigation and its findings, and provide all underlying materials to the appropriate Congressional committees..."
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: "Special counsel Mueller’s report should be made public without any delay. The American people have a right to know its findings."
  • Beto O'Rourke: "Release the Mueller report to the American people."
  • Gov. Jay Inslee: "The American public deserves to know the contents of the Mueller Report. Donald Trump and his Attorney General cannot be trusted to summarize or excerpt it accurately."

More Democrats:

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: "Now that Special Counsel Mueller has submitted his report to the Attorney General, it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress."
  • Rep. Jerry Nadler, House Judiciary Chair: "A.G. Barr has confirmed the completion of the Special Counsel investigation. We look forward to getting the full Mueller report and related materials. Transparency and the public interest demand nothing less. The need for public faith in the rule of law must be the priority."
  • Sen. Mark Warner called for the report to be "swiftly" declassified and made public, per Reuters.
  • Sen. Jack Reed: "I urge Mr. Mueller to testify before Congress about the evidence he gathered, the scope of his work, and findings."
  • Sen. Bob Menendez: "The American people deserve to know what is in the #Mueller report, period. If the report is not made public, Congress and the American people will be left wondering what the Justice Department is hiding and that will further erode public confidence in the rule of law."
  • Sen. Ben Cardin: "The American people have a right to see the results of the Mueller report. We deserve #transparency – the rule of law depends on it."
  • Sen. Jeff Merkley: "Congress—AND the public—MUST learn what’s in this report."
  • Sen. Brian Schatz: "Every American deserves to read the whole thing."


  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: "I welcome the announcement that the Special Counsel has finally completed his investigation into Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 elections. Many Republicans have long believed that Russia poses a significant threat to American interests. I hope the Special Counsel’s report will help inform and improve our efforts to protect our democracy."
  • Rep. Steve Scalise, House Minority Whip: "The only collusion was between Democrats and many in the media who peddled this lie because they continue to refuse to accept the results of the 2016 election..I look forward to Congress being fully briefed on its findings, including the cost to taxpayers."
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham, Senate Judiciary Chair: "I will work with Ranking Member Feinstein and our House Judiciary Committee colleagues to ensure as much transparency as possible, consistent with the law."
  • Rep. Doug Collins, ranking member of House Judiciary: "After 2 years, the special counsel has concluded his investigation, & I look forward to reviewing AG Barr’s report carefully, when it becomes available. I expect DOJ to release the special counsel’s report to this committee & public w/o delay & to maximum extent permitted by law."
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley: "Now that he’s wrapped up his investigation, Attorney General Barr must provide Congress and the American people with the findings to finally put an end to the speculation and innuendo that has loomed over this administration since its earliest days."
  • Sen. Roy Blunt: "I’m glad the Mueller investigation has reached a conclusion and that we have an attorney general in place who has the background and experience to know what part of that report should be publicly available. I’m hopeful the Senate Intelligence Committee gets to look at all the information Mueller has put together so we can finish our report as soon as possible."

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