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US House calls on Russia probe to be made public

 Muslim Times(Web Desk) – The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s upcoming report on his investigation into Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 US presidential election to be released to Congress and the public.

The non-binding resolution was passed Thursday in the lower chamber of Congress with 420-0 vote.

The House measure will put pressure on newly appointed US Attorney General William Barr, to whom Mueller will submit the report when it is done, to make it public, though it does not force him to do so.

Mueller has been investigating since May 2017 whether President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign conspired with Russia and whether the president has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.

Mueller is close to the end of his investigation.

Trump has denied collusion and obstruction. Russia has denied election interference. Mueller has not indicated when he will complete the report.

It was not clear whether the Senate, controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans, will take up the House measure. Bipartisan Senate legislation calling for the report to be made public has stalled.

The resolution, introduced last week by the heads of six House oversight committees that are investigating Trump, calls on Barr to make public everything in the Mueller report that is not expressly prohibited by law and to provide the entire document to Congress.

Trump has called the investigation a “witch hunt” that is led by “thugs.”

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