The U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that would direct the U.S. Justice Department to release to Congress all of the FBI's records used during special counsel Robert Mueller's investigations against President Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, the panel voted 22-0 to send the resolution to the full House of Representatives for a possible vote on the floor, Reuters reported.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) reportedly described the vote as "a very modest step toward obtaining the information that Congress deserves — and requires — in order to do its job."
The move follows Attorney General William Barr's announcement over the weekend to Congress that the lengthy investigation would not conclude with any obstruction of justice charges against the president. Mueller's investigation also exonerated the president from claims that he had colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
Why did the resolution gain bipartisan support?
Both political parties have interest in the records involving former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who launched an investigation into possible obstruction of justice charges in May 2017.
Democrats claim that Barr's announcement that there was not enough evidence to indict the president for obstruction of justice doesn't mean there was none. They hope the records would reveal evidence of some type of obstruction.
Republicans, meanwhile, hope to prove the existence an anti-Trump conspiracy at the Justice Department.
If the House approves, what information would be released?
If the House of Representatives approves the measure, the U.S. Department of Justice would be forced to turn over to Congress all records and communications from the FBI's investigation within 14 days.
The Justice Department would also be required to submit all discussions about secretly recording the president or invoking the 25th Amendment to replace him.
It's not immediately clear what redactions would be made and whether the records would be available to the public.