Mitch McConnell blocked a resolution to release the full Mueller report, 3 days after saying he wanted 'openness and transparency' about it

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday blocked a resolution that called for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report into Russian interference in the 2016 election to be released publicly.
  • A summary of the report released by Attorney General William Barr says the investigation found no evidence that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia, but does not exonerate him of obstruction of justice.
  • Some lawmakers want the report to be made public as they believe it could show wrongdoing by Trump, reveal details of Russia's operation, and aid other investigations into Trump.
  • McConnell said before the summary was released that he wanted "as much openness and transparency as possible" about the report.
  • He cited national security when he blocked Monday's resolution, but the senate minority leader said he was "befuddled" as the resolution did not call for the report to be released "immediately."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a resolution that called for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report to be released publicly, three days after he said he wanted "as much openness and transparency as possible" about the report.

McConnell blocked the non-binding resolution in the Senate on Monday, after it passed unanimously through the House. He cited national security, and said that Attorney General William Barr is working with Mueller to determine what can be released publicly.

"To date, the attorney general has followed through on his commitments to Congress. One of those commitments is that he intends to release as much information as possible," he said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who put forward Monday's resolution, said the resolution did not call for the report to be released "immediately."

"I'm sort of befuddled by the majority leader's reasoning in this regard because it is not in the words of this resolution," he said, according to The Hill.

Barr sent a four-page summary of Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 election and Donald Trump's presidential campaign to Congress on Sunday.

According to Barr's summary, the report says that the investigation found that neither Trump nor his presidential campaign conspired or colluded with Russia, though it did not exonerate him of obstructing justice.

McConnell wrote in a Twitter statement on Friday, after Mueller delivered his report to Barr, that he appreciated Barr's intention to "provide as much information as possible" about the report.

"As I have said previously, I sincerely hope he will do so as soon as he can, and with as much openness and transparency as possible," he said.

Democrats areaccusing Barr of bias after he concludedin his summary that Trump did not obstruct justice in the FBI's Russia investigation.

Related: Trump’s tweets about the Mueller Russia probe

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So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were “leaked” to the media. No questions on Col… https://t.co/T2n7SAWgJp
There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap). What there i… https://t.co/WU8JFuWLJi
House Intelligence Committee rules that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump Campaign and Russia. As I have bee… https://t.co/n4809kuVx3
Just Out: House Intelligence Committee Report released. “No evidence” that the Trump Campaign “colluded, coordinate… https://t.co/3erasoPL4N
This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion an… https://t.co/GPYj4JbKgN
It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened! Witch Hunt!
This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!
You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA
“Russians had no compromising information on Donald Trump” @FoxNews Of course not, because there is none, and neve… https://t.co/R9sniNq1ar
Congratulations to @ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the… https://t.co/wEVP4iGN6n
The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was base… https://t.co/oMCKEA7WmJ
The 13 Angry Democrats in charge of the Russian Witch Hunt are starting to find out that there is a Court System in… https://t.co/W32TtSNOrw
A must watch: Legal Scholar Alan Dershowitz was just on @foxandfriends talking of what is going on with respect to… https://t.co/EZ7cdgtUUo
A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!
A complete Witch Hunt!
The Russia Witch Hunt is rapidly losing credibility. House Intelligence Committee found No Collusion, Coordination… https://t.co/MMfLEunjG6
The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues. There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems… https://t.co/j7rc1QKCLw
James Comey Memos just out and show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION. Also, he leaked classif… https://t.co/YfMYBrTkza
As the phony Russian Witch Hunt continues, two groups are laughing at this excuse for a lost election taking hold, Democrats and Russians!
...case against him & now wants to clear his name by showing "the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan..." Witch Hunt!
The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt. Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm,..
Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians. Witch Hunt. Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!
When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?
My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!
Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great. Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!
A total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!
Is this Phony Witch Hunt going to go on even longer so it wrongfully impacts the Mid-Term Elections, which is what… https://t.co/7LtsbGyV80
The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was base… https://t.co/oMCKEA7WmJ
Much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation, headed up by the all Democr… https://t.co/eA1AtTPv49
“Special Council is told to find crimes, whether a crime exists or not. I was opposed to the selection of Mueller t… https://t.co/KYsOPqiVBG
I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller (… https://t.co/yjSuYhmzJb
Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? An… https://t.co/wKNAVhWJcz
If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him.… https://t.co/wi7FDNjqK7
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