The Senate blocked a measure that demanded special counsel Robert Mueller's final report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election be made public - hours after the House unanimously voted in support of the measure. Concerns over Weismann's credibility as an independent investigator plagued the Mueller deputy since joining the Russia Probe. Eight members of Congress didn't vote and four Republicans voted "present", but no one voted against the non-binding resolution.
He hasn't committed to publicizing the report, but said during his confirmation hearing that he wants "to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law".
Trump has labeled Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt", maintaining that no collusion occurred between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation. Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, offered what many viewed as fresh evidence of an imminent conclusion Thursday when he confirmed that one of the special counsel's top prosecutors, Andrew Weissmann, will be departing the special counsel's office "in the near future". I take specific exception to the elements of the resolution noting praise for Mueller, without also noting the criticism of his very biased staffing decisions.
"It is important that Congress stand up for the principle of full transparency", the Democrat added.
No cellphones in the classroom
However, surveys conducted by the Conservative government found that 97 percent of respondents favored a cellphone ban. One of these government sources explained to CTV News , "When the school day starts, the phones go off".
Though they voted for the resolution, many Republicans expressed skepticism about the wisdom and likely success of Democrats' quest. The resolution calls on the department to fully release the report to Congress and to release it to the public "except to the extent the public disclosure of any portion thereof is expressly prohibited by law".
"As this resolution makes clear, Congress will not accept any attempt by Mr. Barr or the President to bury the report and the findings of the Special Counsel". "We have no reason to think Attorney General Barr would back away from those statements", Collins said. Mueller has not indicated when he will complete the report. Texas Rep. Will Hurd, a member of the House intelligence committee, said he believes the resolution should have been even broader. Graham, a close ally of Trump's, said he would only allow the Mueller resolution from the House to move forward if it were amended to call for a new special counsel to investigate misconduct at the Justice Department surrounding the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the abuse of the secret surveillance warrant process.
"I see this as the surest sign yet of a wrap-up", McQuade said.