Congress gears up for Mueller report

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Published on March 23, 2019 - Duration: 02:19s

Congress gears up for Mueller report

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has handed in a keenly awaited report on his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and any potential wrongdoing by U.S. President Donald Trump, the Justice Department said on Friday.

Ryan Brooks reports.

Congress gears up for Mueller report

U.S. lawmakers are demanding Robert Mueller's report be made public.

Hours after the Special Counsel delivered his findings to the Justice Department.

Trump-appointed Attorney General William Barr is empowered to decide how much to disclose.

He's required to submit a summary to Congress but not the full report.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the public had the right to see the report in full: (SOUNDBITE) (English) SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER, SAYING: "It's imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public" "Attorney General Barr must not give President Trump, his lawyers or his staff any 'sneak preview' of Special Counsel Mueller's findings or evidence, and the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence should be made public." On Friday (March 22) lawmakers from both parties called for a quick release.

Mitch McConnell - the top Republican in Congress - called on Barr to release the report - quote- as soon as he can, and with as much openness and transparency as possible.

The House Judiciary chairman, Democrat Jerrold Nadler- said if the Justice Department does not disclose the document in full- lawmakers will quote "certainly subpoena parts of the report." Reuters' Jan Wolfe: (SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS CORRESPONDENT, JAN WOLFE, SAYING: "Democrats in Congress have already vowed to get their hands on the report through the subpoena power there's some limits there - there's a doctrine that allows the president to keep information about really confidential discussions he's had out of view of other branches of government.

So Trump could say a lot of this report shouldn't be shown to congress on that ground." Democrats could subpoena Robert Mueller himself to testify on his findings.

2020 Presidential candidate and Senator Kamala Harris also said on Friday that Barr should be called to testify: (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE KAMALA HARRIS, SAYING: "The underlying evidence that supports that report should be made public.

The Attorney General Barr should be called to testify under oath before the United States Congress.

And the White House should not be allowed to interfere in any way in interpreting or presenting the information to the American people." President Trump has maintained his innocence throughout the probe on the 2016 election and whether his campaign colluded with Moscow.

All eyes are now on Barr as he weighs what is likely be one of his most important acts as Attorney General.

In a letter to Congress - Barr said he could release as early as this weekend the main findings of the report.

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