New York Daily News: House votes for transparency: Free the full Mueller report

March 20, 2019 GMT

The congressional rebuke of President Trump’s national emergency declaration — and his subsequent first veto — got the headlines last week, but a more consequential statement came from the House in the form of a 420-0 vote calling for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on Russian interference in the 2016 election to be released in full to the public.

Under Justice Department regulations, the special counsel presents a confidential report, including any prosecution decisions, to the attorney general, who then sends his own report to Congress. Could be 100 pages, could be a page. Attorney General William Barr has been unclear on how much detail he’ll offer.

Thus, the House called “for the public release of any report Special Counsel Mueller provides to the attorney general, except to the extent the public disclosure of any portion thereof is expressly prohibited by law.”

After nearly two years’ work — with more than 30 individuals indicted and guilty pleas or convictions obtained from some of those closest to Trump like Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Rick Gates — the American people are owed the whole truth.

— New York Daily News