Mueller 'Pitbull' Andrew Weissmann Leaving Russia Probe

Mueller 'Pitbull' Andrew Weissmann Leaving Russia Probe

A bid by the Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, to have the resolution approved by voice vote after the House's action was thwarted by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. It makes clear classified or other information not appropriate for public release would not be expected to be published.

Most Republicans sided with Democrats on the resolution, though they called it a waste of time.

"This resolution is critical because of the many questions and criticisms of the investigation raised by the president and his administration", said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler.

The Senate is not obligated to vote on this or any similar resolution, and under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is all but certain to not.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa introduced legislation with Democratic Sen. In making an argument for transparency, Republican leaders have pointed to Barr's comments and the existing regulations, without explicitly pressing for the underlying evidence.

One of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors will soon leave his post, a spokesman said on Thursday, confirming a move likely to add fuel to speculation that the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 USA election is nearing an end. Nevertheless, the Democrats who introduced the resolution hope it will serve to pressure Barr.

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Trump has labeled Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt", maintaining that no collusion occurred between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation. Those regulations require only that the report explain decisions to pursue or to decline prosecutions, which could range from a bullet-point list to a report running hundreds of pages.

Andrew Weissmann, a prominent member of special counsel Robert Mueller's team, will soon be stepping down to study and teach at New York University, NPR is reporting. Richard Blumenthal of CT that would require Mueller to submit a detailed report to lawmakers and the public at the end of the investigation.

"My goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law", he said in his opening statement, saying he believes "it is very important that the public and Congress be informed of the results of the special counsel's work".

Some Democrats have voiced concern that Barr could withhold evidence of possible misconduct by Trump, under Justice Department policies that oppose bringing criminal charges against a sitting president and discourage releasing explanations when a person has not been charged with a crime.

That answer has not satisfied Democrats, however, who have continued to press for assurances that the report will be released publicly. He must then notify Congress, but has not indicated to what extent he intends to share the information with lawmakers or the public. "And in the end, I think the department understands they're going to have to make this public".

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