Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday blocked a resolution calling on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to be made public.
Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked for unanimous consent for the nonbinding resolution, which received a 420-0 vote in the House, to be passed by the Senate just days after Mueller submitted his final report to Attorney General William Barr on whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to rig the 2016 presidential election..
“Whether or not you’re a supporter of President Trump or not, of what you feel, there is no good reason not to make the report public,” Schumer said from the floor. “It’s a simple request for transparency. Nothing more, nothing less.”
McConnell objected, noting that Barr is currently working with Mueller to determine what in his report can be released publicly and what cannot.
“The special counsel and the Justice Department ought to be allowed to finish their work in a professional manner,” McConnell said. “To date the attorney general has followed through on his commitments to Congress. One of those commitments is that he intends to release as much information as possible.”
It’s the second time a Republican senator has blocked Schumer’s attempt to pass the unanimous House resolution, reports The Hill.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, objected to Schumer’s request earlier this month.
Trump on Sunday falsely claimed that the findings represented a “complete and total exoneration.”
On the question of obstruction of justice, Barr quoted Mueller as writing: “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”