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McConnell blocks Dem resolution calling for Mueller report release—but not because he wants to hide the report


The resolution was unnecessary

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution that passed the House 420-0 that called for public release of special counsel Robert Mueller's final report regarding the Russia investigation, according to The Hill.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) attempted to call a vote on the resolution, but McConnell blocked it for a simple reason: Democrats can wait.

"It's not unreasonable to give the special counsel and the Justice Department just a little time to complete their review in a professional and responsible manner," McConnell said.

What was the point of the resolution? Mueller just turned in his final report on Friday. Still, congressional Democrats are already stoking fears that the report might for some reason be suppressed from the public, despite Attorney General William Barr's assurances that he would seek to release as much of the report as he legally can.

Barr is working with Mueller to determine what parts of the report might need to remain classified.

So, the resolution, which would have been nonbinding, was essentially for show. After McConnell blocked it, Schumer attempted to frame it as if McConnell was somehow working against the release of the report, which is inaccurate.

"Whether or not you're a supporter of President Trump ... there is no good reason not to make the report public," Schumer said. "It's a simple request for transparency. Nothing more, nothing less."

Don't we know the main conclusions? Although Barr wrote in a since-released letter to Congress that Mueller concluded that neither President Trump nor his campaign colluded with Russian to influence the 2016 election, some who are unhappy with or distrustful of Barr's summary hope that the full report might reveal some unflattering or possibly impeachable behavior by the president.

Whether or not that's the case, there is no reason to this point to believe the report won't be released, as Barr has said on numerous occasions that he will work to make the information public, and there is very little opposition to publicizing the report from either side of the aisle.

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