WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and the special counsel’s Russia investigation (all times local):
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is trying to quickly pass a resolution urging the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, but he’s being blocked by Republicans.
Schumer said Monday that since President Donald Trump supports releasing the report, “there’s no good reason for anyone to object.”
Shortly after the Senate opened, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell objected to Schumer’s request. He says the Justice Department needs more time to wrap up Mueller’s two-year probe.
Schumer quickly tweeted:
I just asked for the Senate to pass a resolution to make public the full Mueller report.
This same resolution passed the House 420-0.
But @SenateMajLdr McConnell just objected.
What are they trying to hide?
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 25, 2019
The House unanimously approved the resolution last week.
Trump said earlier Monday that the release of Mueller’s report “wouldn’t bother me at all.”
Kentucky’s Republican senators say special counsel Robert Muller’s investigation vindicated President Donald Trump, but a home-state, Democratic colleague in the House says many questions remain after the summary of Mueller’s report was made public.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the special counsel’s conclusions confirmed Trump’s account that there was no effort by Trump’s campaign to conspire or coordinate with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Paul told reporters in Louisville on Monday that the nearly two-year investigation was a “colossal waste of money and time.”
Rep. John Yarmuth said Attorney General William Barr’s summary of Mueller’s conclusions “leaves many questions unanswered.”
The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says his panel will “unpack the other side of the story” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into President Donald Trump and his campaign.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who spent the weekend with Trump in Florida, said his committee will investigate the actions of the Justice Department in the Russia investigation, including the FBI’s use of a dossier compiled by British spy Christopher Steele.
Graham spoke Monday after Attorney General William Barr reported to Congress on Mueller’s findings. Barr said Mueller found no evidence that Trump or his associates conspired with Russia. Mueller did not make a determination on whether Trump obstructed justice.
Graham said he will be speaking with Barr at noon and wants him to testify before his committee.