RynheartTheReluctant @TheRynheart 5 hours ago‘Senate Republicans can’t explain why they keep blocking a resolution calling for the release of the Mueller report’https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/...-mueller-reportSenate Republicans say they want “transparency” around the Mueller report — but they keep rejecting a measure that would actually offer it.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Thursday, once again, blocked a resolution pushing for the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. It’s the fifth time Republicans have rejected Democratic efforts to consider the resolution — even as multiple news reports this week questioned how comprehensive Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of the full report was. The resolution, which is nonbinding, simply urges the public release of the report and notes that it is not calling for the release of any content that is “expressly prohibited by law.”
As Vox’s Ella Nilsen has reported, this resolution overwhelmingly passed the House on a bipartisan basis, 420-0. (It’s worth noting that the House vote took place before Barr’s summary of the report was actually released.) In the Senate, however, multiple Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Paul have moved to bar it from consideration, while Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has called for the report to be released.
Thus far, the only reasons Republicans have given for their position on the resolution haven’t been particularly convincing. While McConnell has said that he’s rejected the measure because he wants to give Barr time to coordinate with the special counsel’s office about how to release additional contents of the report, Democrats have argued that the resolution not only does nothing to prevent him from doing that, it also doesn’t set any deadline for him to follow through.